Fracking: Families To Be Paid Up To £20,000 In Plans Accused Of ‘Dividing Communities’

It is expected that the new Fund could deliver as much as £10 million to each community where wells are sited. Downing Street declined to estimate how much payouts could be worth, but it is thought that individual households could receive between £5,000 and £20,000.

Public support for fracking hit an all-time low in April when 19% of people said they back it, according to polling from the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

The fund could go some way to countering resident resistance to fracking, but was called “little more than a bribe” by the Green Party.

Green Party MEP Molly Scott Cato said the move showed the Tories’ “talent for dividing communities”.

“This is bound to set household against household and can only exacerbate community tensions,” she said.

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