RESIDENTS are being urged to band together and use ‘people power’ to demand better energy rates.
Birmingham and Solihull Together is part of a national campaign to cut energy costs by an average of £133 a year by collectively switching energy suppliers with others in the area.
Councillor Chris Williams (Green, Chelmsley Wood) welcomed the project, funded by Birmingham City and Solihull Councils, to help combat fuel poverty.
“We need innovative ideas like this to help people trying to pay their bills stand up to energy companies,” he added.
“Getting people together and bargaining together will allow people to make more savings than they would individually. It’s people power.”
The campaign, which follows a pioneering pilot staged in Cornwall last year, has negotiated three tariffs; pre-payment, direct debit and green energy options.
Coun Ian Courts, cabinet member for economic development and regeneration said: “One of the key aims of the initiative will be to help people who are struggling with paying fuel bills, particularly as prices continue to rise.
“The idea is that acting as a community rather than as individuals will enable Solihull residents to get a better deal overall. And the more people who join the campaign, the more everyone could save.”
The Government-supported initiative, part of the new national UK Together brand, was devised with the primary aim of reducing fuel poverty.
The switching window is now open and interested households must apply before Sunday, March 17. Visit www.birminghamandsolihulltogether.com, phone 0800 917 5772 or 0121 222 8051 for more information.