A new scheme to help people switch energy suppliers and reduce their fuel bills is being discussed by Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet next week (Tuesday 14 March).
The authority is looking to set up a Collective Energy Switching Scheme for residents. This is designed to bring people together to reduce their energy bills by switching suppliers collectively. The Council would arrange a national auction day in May to see which energy company would offer the best tariff for its residents.
The scheme would be initiated by Wyre Forest District Council and facilitated by an established company called iChoosr to act as the intermediary between the residents and energy suppliers. To date, 650,000 households in the UK have taken part in an iChoosr collective switching scheme and on average they have saved £243 per household. Residents would have a couple of months to register to join the scheme. Following the auction day each resident would have about a month to decide whether or not to accept the offer.
Councillor Chris Rogers, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Well-being said:
“We know rising energy prices are a concern for residents but many people are paying more than they need to because they are reluctant to switch suppliers. This scheme will be designed to make it easy for people to find out if they can get a better deal. This is particularly important for people on low incomes who may be classed as being in fuel poverty.“
The Council will be working with iChoosr to promote the scheme and will be helping people who need assistance in registering to take part.
The Cabinet meeting will be webcast live from 6pm. It can be viewed at www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/webcast.