Households to join fuel consortium

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A NEW collective fuel switching scheme for Warwickshire residents is to be launched.

The two-year trial will begin in May and will be run by Warwickshire County Council in partnership with iChoosr.

The scheme will allow households to join a consortium of domestic energy buyers, with all licensed suppliers given the option to tender to provide the lowest price tariffs for electricity only, dual fuel, and pre-payment meters.

Under normal circumstances, switching usually requires some access to the internet, meaning that it is typically more affluent households that do so regularly to take advantage of the cheapest tariffs available.

But the county council says in collective fuel switching schemes, partners can offer support to households wishing to switch but unable to do so easily.

iChoosr has been organising schemes in the UK with councils and other community leaders since 2012, helping all households, but in particular the more than two thirds which remain on the most expensive standard variable tariffs.

Cllr Peter Butlin, deputy leader of the county council and portfolio holder for finance and property, said: “This is fantastic news for residents in Warwickshire and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to work with partners and other organisations to improve the quality of life for all, particularly some of our more vulnerable residents who worry about the costs of heating their homes.

“We recognise that, for some of our residents, energy supplier switching can be a daunting process which leads many to stick with suppliers and tariffs that are leaving paying far more than they should for their energy.

“For those residents, this new collective fuel switching scheme should make those problems a thing of the past and switching suppliers and tariffs easier than ever before.”

To sign up see www.warwickshire.gov.uk/energyplan