Hundreds of people expected to benefit most from a council project to slash energy bills could miss out for a second time.

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More than 500 people have signed up for the second phase of Norwich City Council’s Switch and Save project, which aims to negotiate with energy companies on behalf of a large number of people to secure cheaper deals.

But just 2.8pc, or an estimated 50 people, who use prepayment meters joined the first phase.

And none of them was offered a deal as no energy provider bid at the last auction for the prepayment group.

The Labour-controlled city council says they are “optimistic” a deal can be secured in the second phase as more local authorities are taking part. It is urging people on prepayment meters to sign-up in numbers to improve their chances.

Lucy Galvin, deputy leader of the Green Party group, said: “The council says this scheme will help address fuel poverty.

“Yet those with prepayment meters – often the poorest people – were offered no deal at all, while everyone else got savings.”

More than 500 people have so far signed up for the second phase. Online registration is open until April 8 and offline registration until March 24.

An auction is planned for April 9. People will then be made an offer and they can choose if they switch.

In the first phase around 20pc of the 1,768 properties switched, saving an average of £166.

A council spokesman said: “The bottom line is that we are keen for as many prepayment meter customers as possible to sign up.

“The more who do so, the better the deal they are likely to be offered.”

14 comments

  • John Kendall,binning of the winter fuel allowance is probably in Osborne's sights,raising of the starting age to about 70 is more like the outcome after the next election...50 notes on gas a week does seem a tad steep,but it's the shape of things to come for many of us.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • That's it, put the boot into those useless lefties, come on now, get stuck in. The EDP is expecting you good people of Norwich to do your duty, oh yes, and to stop voting them into office. I mean what good are they with their failed efforts to help the public. They should take a leaf out of neighboring authorities' books and just sit around counting their allowances. Inaction does not court controversy in the same way, you see.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • John Kendall,scraping of the winter fuel allowance is probably in Osborne's sights,raising of the starting age to about 70 is more like the outcome after the next election...50 notes on gas a week does seem a tad steep,but it's the shape of things to come for many of us.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • For comparison, story of the £5 million Norwich bus station debacle is not open for comment. Why?

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Those with pre payment meters are already paying the highest possible bills, so if these most hard hit people are not included, and its the poorest who are most fleeced in this country, why was this scheme adopted?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Testing......ping!!!!

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    nrg

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • mci, the bus station was a self licking lollipop award from ncc to an ncc thingy...criticism of tory masonic thingys is deemed a no-no by local tory media....long live citizen journalism thingys.

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    nrg

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • this scheme is only aimed for the rich nuLabour champagne socialist elite, those with skyhigh bills for running outdoor tubs,saunas and swimming pools. The fuel poverty peeps don't matter to nuLabour luvvies ..simples.

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    nrg

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • I do believe I have an internet stalker...makes me feel all coy and shy..ish...test over.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • nrg.Yes he could do that.My guess he will scrap the winter fuel allowance to all those under 100yrs.of age unless you live in a mansion worth over £2m.As for the survey it says that just over 2%of people with pre payment meters took part.Simple,for one reason or another people are put on to these meters because they owe the gas company and until that account has cleared they cannot change anyway.We are on one of those meters just so that we do not get a monthly bill of £200.We do not owe them a penny but whenever we have tried to change by the time the other companies have given you reasons why you cannot change you just hang up the telephone.But it does not stop there.As soon as you change you are "invited"to join their breakdown schemes etc.adding another £15 to your monthly bill.

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    john kendall

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Blocked again, how predictable

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • **" .the bus station was a self licking lollipop award from ncc to an ncc thingy.. thingys .... journalism thingys. " ** . Archant.....how about distributing breathalysers to potential posters for use prior to posting so that embarrassing outpourings like this can be avoided ?

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • This has been a con all over the country,not just Norfolk.We are both pensioners and advised to change our boiler.Worst thing we have ever done.We are on a pre payment meter,simply because we do not want a big bill.At the moment during the cold weather we are putting £50 per week in the meter.Thermostat set at 18c.Yes our roof is insulated and we have double glazing.£200 a month is no joke when living on old age pension.I just wonder how long it will be before the winter fuel alowance is scrapped.

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    john kendall

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • When our old power stations begin to close due to the unelected elite of the EU, the cost of electric and gas will spiral out of control, followed by 4 to 5 hour brown outs during peak time consumption.Poverty fuel for the masses,another new norm.

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    nrg

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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