Solar payments motion passed

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DONCASTER councillors have passed a motion raising concerns over cuts to subsidies paid to people who install solar panels on their homes.

Labour Coun Rachel Hodson put forward a motion calling on Doncaster Council to ask the Government to rethink plans to reduce the feed-in tariff on solar energy.

She said: “The Government’s plans will exclude nearly nine out of ten families, and everyone in social housing, from having solar power.

The motion was supported by councillors from across the parties including the cabinet member Coun Mark Thompson, who said he had written to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to tell them that because of the change in the payments the council would have to cancel its scheme to install panels on local authority housing.