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Europe, severe measures even in kindergarten: “Let them have one more


A kindergarten in the UK has told children and staff they will have to wear more clothes to help cut heating costs as businesses struggle with rising energy bills, the BBC reports. “We can’t afford to have the heating on all day because it will destroy us,” DaisyChain owner Lee-Anne Lovegrove told the BBC.

The government has been asked by the British Chamber of Commerce for emergency Covid-style grants to help firms.

In this case there is no price ceiling for commercial energy bills. Many smaller firms will be at risk as they try to cope with the skyrocketing costs of local heating and lighting.

Wholesale gas prices rose to the highest level in the last five months. On Thursday, delivery prices to UK suppliers rose from 82p to 580p per thermo due to uncertainty over Russian and European gas supplies ahead of planned maintenance next month.

“We’ve had no support here from the government,” Lovegrove said.

More clothes for children in kindergarten

“We will provide heating for the children, we will only ask the parents to put extra clothes in the children’s backpacks, so that we don’t have the heating on all day,” she explained.

She also mentioned that the daycare will be heated before the children arrive as the weather gets colder. Afterwards, the heating will be turned on for 10 to 20 minutes every hour to keep it at an ambient temperature of 20 degrees, rather than the usual 21 or 22 degrees.

“We have 12 staff here and we’ve asked them to make sure they wear more clothes when they come to work as we won’t be able to have the heating on from 8am to 6pm every day as it will destroy us financially”

The BCC said action must be taken quickly to “protect businesses, livelihoods and jobs”. The business lobby group has five points to help companies, including a temporary reduction in VAT to 5%, as well as the introduction of emergency grants for small and medium-sized companies.

Many companies are going to renegotiate their electricity and gas prices in October. Some firms face bills five times higher.

“Good business is good for our communities and we need to support the businesses and the people who run them to weather this economic storm,” said Shevaun Haviland, CEO of BCC.

According to FSB figures, almost 15% of small and medium-sized firms believe they may have to close or downsize as a direct result of rising energy costs.