The shadow secretary for energy and climate change has backed a scheme by Norwich City Council which City Hall leaders say will help get households cheaper fuel bills.

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Shadow minister Caroline Flint was in Norwich on Saturday, where the East of England Labour Party held their regional conference.

She visited the Heartsease home of Bernard Matthews worker Colin Brighten, who is hoping the scheme will save him money on his fuel bills.

Mr Brighten said he is planning for his retirement and has added his name to some 1.600 who have signed up for the Big Switch and Save campaign because he wants to make sure he can continue to afford to keep his house warm.

Mrs Flint, a former student at the University of East Anglia, said: “As the cold winter weather heads towards us, and the energy giants are putting up all our bills, it is great that Labour in Norwich has led the way helping people to cut their bills now.

“The government may not be standing up to the energy giants, but Labour is offering a real chance for people to cut their energy bills today.

“We are the first political party in history to organise a collective switch, and Norwich City Council is playing its part too, giving 1,600 people the chance to buy energy with thousands of others, as one customer.”

The aim of the ‘Big Switch and Save’ campaign, for which registration closed at midnight yesterday, was to sign up households to switch their energy provider en masse.

The city council says that, by teaming up with other British collective switching schemes, the number will be swelled to about 18,000 households.

A specialist switching partner called iChoosr will then find what the city council says will be the best energy deal possible, using the collective numbers to drive a harder bargain with power companies.

While city council leader Brenda Arthur has said any profit from the scheme will be reinvested, Green councillors plan to ask questions at Tuesday night’s full city council meeting over what the switching partner stands to gain from the scheme.

13 comments

  • Ms Larson is of course 'The Big Switch Off'!!! nuLabour are in their political death throes,am enjoying soooo MUCH!!!!!! amen :-)

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    nrg

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

  • And then the Government allows energy companies to put a levy on fuel prices to fund so called Green Energy , hmmmmm !

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    chebram71

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • Leading Labour politicians supports some who want to get a cheaper bill, whilst it does not support those with high energy bills, who do not sign up for the scheme. Its all about paying for it and unequal support with o0ur party politicians. Do we have any better ideas? how about community owned power generation? ever thought of that? No, because that would mean the community is in charge and not their jobs worth.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Unless this is done year on year this is an absolute waste of time. If these people haven't already changed supplier and gone onto a fixed tariff they need their heads testing. I expect the likely outcome is that they will be swallowed up by one of the big corrupt six, who will escalate their prices beyond belief after the first year and these people won’t have the sense to change again. The whole business stinks.

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    John L Norton

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

  • Remind us of their record on electricity prices

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    No to tory boy

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • If NCC were serious about saving people money It's about time they done something about their thousands of single and double occupancy tenants who are paying through their nose for their water and sewerage services, simply because their water rates are collected with their rent on behalf of AW and no one has told them that most would half their bill if they were on a water meter.

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    Unemployed and Luvin it.

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

  • NRG....simply post " simples!!!! nulabour ???? any old rubbish with lots of !!!!! and ????? after it and save yourself the trouble. Have a word with John Norton about putting you out to rest !!!!!!!.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

  • OVO Energy are just another 'green thingy con'. The green con or climate swindle is of course driven by bankers in the search of the 'new oil'...Ms Flint, the sassy Fabian, comes from the brainwashed warmist school of thought, the UEA .With the wonderful BA Hons in American Literature,History alongside Film Studies, merits her stooge role for shadow energy and climate(ha ha) minster.....Lord save us!!!!!!

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    nrg

    Sunday, November 25, 2012

  • Yep, OVO energy was the winner, well chuffed!!!!!!!!!!

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    nrg

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • All Rubbish, prevent the hidden tax we all pay fior so called Green Energy,and we all save on our energy bills.Green is an self perpetuating industry !

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • When this was first trotted out by the failed nuLabour head honchos - £!0million was quoted as extra spending money,to be generated in the local economy by those who signed up,swapped and saved on bills....methinks der council were just as dumb as ever!!!! They needed 3000 bods to sign up to cover the costs of setting it all up....champagne socialism at its worse via the taxpayers pocket.

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    nrg

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • OVO Energy is a brainwave from a former banker...nuff said!!!

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    nrg

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • And the winner is...OVO Energy!!!! I also got tonight's six winning lottery numbers plus eight score draws on the pools.

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    nrg

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

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