UK Green New Deal Group calls for £50bn stimulus for green job creation.

Observer: “Campaigners have warned that Britain is hurtling towards a new economic crisis, and call for a £50bn “Green New Deal” to create more sustainable growth and better-paid jobs and equip the country for a low-carbon future. ….Five years on from their first demands for a radical reworking of Britain’s business model, the Green New Deal group, which includes Green party MP Caroline Lucas, economist Ann Pettifor and tax expert Richard Murphy, says the need for an alternative approach is greater than ever.” “In a report published on Monday, and seen by the Observer, it argues that recent growth has been based on unsustainable rises in consumer spending and house prices and could end in “the mother of all credit busts”.
“Recovery is an interesting word to apply to an economy that is marked by rapidly rising personal debt, highly insecure and often low-paid work, and rising underlying carbon emissions. What we’re calling a recovery is poor, divided, indebted and polluting,” said Andrew Simms, chief analyst at thinktank Global Witness and an author of the report.
….Under an alternative plan in the Green New Deal report, the government would invest £50bn into expanding green technologies over five years, building low-cost housing, and employing a “carbon army” to insulate hundreds of thousands of homes and reduce energy use.
….Instead of using electronically created money to buy government bonds from City investors, as the Bank of England has done with almost all of the £375bn-worth of QE it has undertaken since 2009, the proceeds this time would be used to invest in green projects, and pay off private finance initiative debts, freeing up public money to be spent elsewhere. The report argues that investing in affordable housing, in particular, would benefit those on lower incomes more than the better off. “It can mean that people have more disposable income after housing costs, which in turn boosts spending in the local and national economy,” the report says.
….Other members of Green New Deal include Charles Secrett, former director of Friends of the Earth; Jeremy Leggett, chairman of green energy firm Solarcentury; and Larry Elliott, economics editor of the Guardian.”