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In the papers today - Wednesday 6th February

Ministers yesterday admitted that the £45bn schools rebuilding programme has slipped further behind schedule.

Urgent changes were being recommended to the Building Schools for the Future programme after a review found it could waste up to £250M. Schools minister Jim Knight said in a written statement yesterday that 35 schools would be ready next year - 15 fewer than planned - The Guardian

An all-party committee of MPs announced yesterday that is was launching a full-scale enquiry into the structure of the UK energy market. The move follows increasing concern about the way the market operates after the latest round of price rises from most of Britain's residential energy suppliers - The Guardian

Businesses should beware of the “green tariffs” offered by some electricity suppliers as they may be less green than they appear, industry experts have warned. Firms are increasingly seeking to burnish their environmental credentials by signing up for the tariffs, under which electricity companies promise to derive a certain proportion of the electricity they sell from renewable or other low-carbon sources. However, the Carbon Trust claims some green tariffs include a high proportion of fossil fuel-derived energy - The Financial Times

Thames Water has announced plans to base some of its bills on the number of bedrooms in a property, a change that the company said would lead to lower bills for 24,000 customers. The company now owned by Macquarie Bank of Australia, said that it had reviewed arrangements for its 38,000 customers who paid water bills based on the average metered water bill or “average household charge" - The Financial Times

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