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Committee On Climate Change Budget Rose By 36% Last Year

August 7, 2019

By Paul Homewood 

How much does it cost to run the Committee on Climate Change?

The latest accounts for 2018/19 have just been published, and reveal just how much taxpayers’ money is being thrown at them.

Last year they cost us £4.7m, an astonishing increase of 36% over the year before:



Much of this goes towards staff costs.

The new CEO, Chris Stark is on an annual remuneration of £320,000, including pension benefits. Quite how this can possibly be justified is beyond me.

Gummer gets £25000 for a day or two a week.



The Climate Change Act mandated the formation of the Committee. But I’m not aware it laid down any funding rules.

If Boris wants to save a bit of money, I suggest he reduces their budget to, say, £10000, gets rid of the parasite Chris Stark and the rest of his well paid buddies (average pay £68000), and tells Gummer to get another job if he does not like it.

I’d be more than happy to replace him!

  1. Bertie permalink
    August 7, 2019 6:51 pm

    It would be interesting to know what ‘other expenditure’ of nearly two million was for. How about an FOI enquiry?

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      August 8, 2019 9:33 am

      Renting office space, utility bills, computers, accountants, recruitment. To be honest it’s not a vast amount to cover all of that in central London.

  2. August 7, 2019 7:03 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

  3. August 7, 2019 7:30 pm

    It obviously costs a great deal of money to write fiction. As the years go by it gets more difficult and therefore more expensive to dream up new fiction.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      August 7, 2019 7:42 pm

      It is more difficult to cover a lie than the truth. The truth is easier to remember.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        August 8, 2019 2:07 pm

        I thought they were experts. In lying, that is. And that they were so convinced their lies are true it doesn’t appear like they are lying. You know, like when Tony Blair was speaking.

  4. Harry Passfield permalink
    August 7, 2019 7:40 pm

    Tiresome, I know, but Upton Sinclair had it right: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”

  5. Philip Mulholland permalink
    August 7, 2019 7:41 pm

    They could make a start by moving themselves to a cheaper office location, away from the locale of Sloane Square

  6. August 7, 2019 8:05 pm

    Be happy to pay you double Paul. What we would save would be tens of billions.

  7. bobn permalink
    August 7, 2019 8:19 pm

    Posted this blog to ‘taxpayers alliance’. They are pretty good at getting into the media.

  8. Charles Wardrop permalink
    August 7, 2019 9:12 pm

    Time to repeal the CCActs and have done of the fraud they represent and perpetuate.
    Not even a mere trough but a set of lying, useless parasites living off money which could be put to useful purposes
    ike health and welfare, education, infrstructure and defence.
    Morally, their Chairman at least deserves investigation, prosecution and, if found guilty probably heavy fine or even gaol.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      August 7, 2019 9:31 pm

      Charles, as much as I agree with you I am having difficulty thinking of ANY MP with the courage to propose a bill to repeal the Act. Can you imagine the Press and Social Media storm it would cause?

  9. MrGrimNasty permalink
    August 7, 2019 10:52 pm

    I doubt a £4.7M discrepancy in a government budget would even warrant investigation!

    So the energy price cap has been dropped a pathetic £75 on an average bill.

    How we will laugh with fond memories when in the near future we are carbon free, can only use electricity for energy (in our rationed slot each day during which all car & household batteries must be charged) and it’s costing more than 50% of our take home pay each year!

  10. HotScot permalink
    August 8, 2019 2:00 am

    It’s OK folks. No need to worry.

    I have finally decided to agree with our ‘alarmist’ colleagues that CO2 is the control knob of climate.

    So, whatever happens we will have legal recourse to compensation if:

    1. We do not have long, warm summers.
    2. We do not have Dickens like, idyllic short Christmas periods, with lots of sledging and
    snowball fights, and guaranteed snow on Christmas day.
    3. We suffer threats of ice ages.
    4. We suffer threats of hurricanes.
    5. We suffer sea level rise.
    6. We suffer poverty.
    7. We suffer drought.
    8. We suffer deforestation…….etc. etc. etc.

    Because of course, they understand how atmospheric CO2 affects our planet’s climate system so all this will be eradicated and there will be no need for us to sue them.


    • Gerry, England permalink
      August 8, 2019 2:08 pm

      And cancer and male pattern baldness will be cured…..

  11. Paul Ramsden permalink
    August 8, 2019 8:31 am

    Can you get a hockey stick graph out of this ?

  12. Ian Cook permalink
    August 8, 2019 8:37 am

    See, now you are being silly. The thought of you replacing Gummer on such an important committee! I mean, you would rely on facts and evidence! Luckily politics and science have managed to steer clear of such extremism.

  13. August 8, 2019 9:12 am

    an astonishing increase of 36% over the year before… in line with the ludicrousness of their pronouncements.

  14. It doesn't add up... permalink
    August 8, 2019 9:30 am

    Surely now that they have achieved persuading the government to adopt zero carbon they need zero budget?

  15. Phoenix44 permalink
    August 8, 2019 9:31 am

    The real point is that this is a basic fraud – we can agree that science is science but the choices we make about the conclusions of science are entirely political. Thus the CCC has no business existing. It is not independent or unbiased or apolitical. It is staffed by people who believe not just in the science (that is sort of fair enough) but in a particular political solution to the problems that science claims exist.

    Political choices must be made by those we elect and they must be held responsible for those decisions. This simply sidesteps that and gives the false impression that politicians are following the recommendations of an independent “sciencey” group.

  16. Harry Passfield permalink
    August 8, 2019 9:31 am

    Anyone hear Harrabin on R4 this morning going on about the new IPCC report and continuing with his ‘global heating’ meme?
    He also claimed that ‘carbon escaping from the soil is warming the air’. Is it?? Does it?? What’s his degree in???

    • Robert Jones permalink
      August 8, 2019 9:57 am

      Squeezing alarm, dismay, disbelief and big bucks out of the rest of us.

    • steve permalink
      August 8, 2019 10:30 am

      Hot Air

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      August 8, 2019 10:42 am

      He got a third in English.

    • Gas Geezer permalink
      August 8, 2019 11:27 am

      At least he stopped short of calling for a ban on meat and dairy products, just instead very reasonably urging us all to adopt a vegetarian/vegan diet claiming it is better for us.

  17. steve permalink
    August 8, 2019 9:50 am

    The salary of Chris Stark is quite an eye opener. He started in HMRC, then the Treasury followed by the Scottish Energy Dept, where he seems to have overseen the building of 50% renewables going to 100% by 2020. Most of this is wind, which enriches the few landowners who own most of the Highlands. They also closed the only large coal station and now rely on English gas generation to fill the gap, while selling their excess to be subsidised by English and Welsh consumers. Reading his interview on Carbon Brief, it seems that he is totally committed to more land and offshore wind and a 100% green zealot, but without the engineering or mathematical skills to do the sums.He seems to be recommending that the English follow the Scottish folly. As the analysis here and linked above shows, they have been fiddling the figures by moving the future carbon price and more is to come.

    The report recently released is again full of proposals which are not costed in detail, such as the cost of all the hydrogen plan and of the natural gas to be converted, the conversion of gas mains to hydrogen, the cost of additional gas generation with CCS – put at the same price as today- without CCS, the relocation of industry into clusters, the detailed expense of bringing the older housing and commercial buildings up to even today’s insulation standards and the additional cost of adaptation to heating by heat pumps.The whole report seems to be a zealot’s pipe dream. How a civil servant can rise to such a position at a salary over 3 times that of the PM and produce a scheme that the late Professor MacKay had demolished is a sign of the times.

    The report produced by these overpaid people and some questions and comparisons with SEWTHA can be read in this article.

  18. August 8, 2019 9:54 am

    Next Energy Solar Fund has just connected its first subsidy-free solar asset of 5MW to the grid. Very small and no doubt it will make it more difficult and more expensive to manage the grid. However, is solar now getting to the point where it is genuinely beginning to work?

    More exciting is a small company called Hydro Genie which is offering a method of taking the oxygen out of the water circulating in central heating radiators dramatically increasing their efficiency and saving over 30 per cent of the energy used, providing a 4 or 5 year return of the cost of the equipment.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      August 8, 2019 12:55 pm

      Solar is never subsidy free. It may be free of transparent upfront subsidies and they may not be being held accountable for additional costs they are causing to the grid/consumer. But it is nor subsidy free. It would not be economically viable, and no company operating in the free market would ever consider solar, if the energy market had not been completely warped by politics. Claiming it is subsidy free is a lie.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      August 8, 2019 2:08 pm

      Hall Farm II, located in Leicestershire, is an extension to the Company’s 5MWp Hall Farm plant acquired in 2015. Construction of Hall Farm II began in March 2019 and the plant was connected to the grid on 5 August 2019. The plant benefits from the original site’s oversized planning permission and previously-built grid access infrastructure.

      So they got the subsidy up front on the first phase.

      • August 9, 2019 12:57 pm

        I bet double glazing and vacuum cleaner salesmen make a beeline for TT’s house, cos he’ll take any inflated claim at face value.
        – If an extraordinary claim is made it needs extraordinary evidence
        – Magic new tech doesn’t exist unless there is an independently tested actual production model. Don’t believe pre-production PR.

  19. August 8, 2019 12:23 pm

    Gummer has been at this a long time and Friends of the Earth once called him “the best Environment Secretary we have ever had”

    He was at Kyoto in 1997, criticising Bill Clinton:
    “Bill Clinton is dishonest,” according to the Right Honorable John Gummer, former Minister of the Environment for the United Kingdom (UK), now a Member of Parliament (MP) and a lead delegate to COP III representing the European Union (EU).”

    Interesting comment from the author, the sadly missed Henry Lamb, who died in 2012,

    “The media and the UN have conspired to orchestrate the most comprehensive propaganda campaign since Joseph Goebbels tried to prepare the world for Hitler’s brand of global governance.

    In Japan, as was the case in Bonn and in Geneva throughout the year, CNN has become a 24-hour per day propaganda mill for the UN, using unconscionable scare-tactics in support of the Climate Change Treaty.

    Throughout the day and night, promotional spots for their “global warming” special fills the air waves, featuring hurricanes, floods, drought, storms, and all manner of other calamities.”

    Twenty two years on and all the global media sing from the same UN hymn sheet.

    • Steve permalink
      August 8, 2019 6:43 pm

      In parallel with the BBC.

  20. August 9, 2019 1:44 pm

    £320K pa ?

  21. August 9, 2019 2:18 pm

    Earlier story from Paul
    ‘rank hypocrisy’ after sending staff on taxpayer-funded international flights that pump out greenhouse gases.
    Chris Stark, CEO of the CCC, pathetically attempts to defend their flights:
    ‘We consider our travel choices carefully. We use sustainable forms of transport wherever possible, and avoid air travel in all but exceptional circumstances.

  22. August 9, 2019 2:21 pm

    Another earlier story from Paul
    Delingpole: Meet the green wonk who is ready to ruin Britain
    OCTOBER 11, 2018
    he has no experience in the private sector, let alone the energy sector. Instead he is little more than a policy wonk, just like the idiot Miliband who brought us the wretched Climate Act in the first place.

  23. swan101 permalink
    August 9, 2019 2:39 pm

    Reblogged this on ECO-ENERGY DATABASE.

  24. August 9, 2019 2:42 pm

    COP26: Glasgow *could* host 2020 UN climate change summit
    The £320K pa head of the UK Climate Committee
    has tweeted as if it is confirmed

  25. August 9, 2019 3:07 pm

    One scenario is MP’s put someone on an inflated salary
    and then years later he appoints them to a committee on an inflated salary.
    I also wonder about other connections like the way someones wife or brother can turn out to have huge vested interests.
    but SK’s background info seems scarce .. not even name of a university.

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