Jenny Marra MSP : Switch Together 

26 October 2012

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The SwitchTogether scheme announced by Jenny Marra MSP continues until the 25th November.

The scheme is unprecedented for any British political party:  Labour working with a commercial partner,  iChoosr , to bulk purchase electricity for people who sign up at a cheaper rate than they are likely to be able to get on their own.

Energy bills are now one of the biggest costs facing families but only 20% of people are currently on the cheapest deal – with the rest paying £4 billion a year more than they should.

The scheme is open to everyone.

Labour’s SwitchTogether is simple, safe and signing up carries no obligation – you only switch if you want to and The Labour Party does not make any money from the scheme.

Visit Switch Together at : http://labour.ichoosr.com/views/Pages/LandingLabour.html

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3 October 2012 

Local Labour MSP Jenny Marra has announced today that people in Dundee can now switch their energy provider with thousands of other people to get a better price with the power of their collective purchasing.

The Labour party launched their collective bargaining energy scheme in Manchester this week with Dundee chosen as one of the main partners in the first energy auction with Lewisham, Llanelli and Chorley. 

Caroline Flint, the Shadow Climate Change Secretary, launched a SwitchTogether scheme which will help cut electricity bills for thousands of people.

The scheme is unprecedented for any British political party:  Labour working with a commercial partner,  iChoosr , to bulk purchase electricity for people who sign up at a cheaper rate than they are likely to be able to get on their own.

Energy bills are now one of the biggest costs facing families but only 20% of people are currently on the cheapest deal – with the rest paying £4 billion a year more than they should.

Ultimately, the only way energy bills will be driven down for everyone is by fundamental reform of the energy market .

That is why Labour has set out detailed policies for the next government to break the dominance of the Big Six energy companies, simplify tariffs and ensure

that vulnerable people are offered the lowest rate available.

But even though Labour is not yet in government, it wants to help families tackle the rising cost of living right now.

With so many confusing tariffs on the market, switching energy supplier can be

difficult and many people have given up trying. According to Ofgem, 60 per cent of consumers have never tried to switch supplier.

For several months Labour has been working on a SwitchTogether scheme with its partner,  iChoosr.

If lots of people sign up to SwitchTogether, iChoosr will be able to negotiate a better deal with the energy companies than people would be able to get on their own.

This is different from websites where you compare energy costs to find the cheapest rate because it is about getting lots of people coming together to switch at once.

Volunteers will be delivering leaflets and organising community meetings. iChoosr will do all the administration and Labour will not make any money from the scheme.

Jenny Marra MSP said: 

“I’m delighted that Labour is able to offer this collective bargaining scheme in Dundee from today.

“Many households in the city are facing tough times with energy bills and in this economic climate everyone is looking for savings on their bills. 

“The Labour party is about collective action and if we can offer the power of acting together to make it a bit easier for people to heat their homes then I think that’s a great thing to be able to do while we’re out of office. 

“There is no obligation to accept the auction price, but everyone who signs up will be offered the deal after the auction. People can register their interest now at www.switchtogether.org.uk "

Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, said:

 “The Labour Party has always believed that by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone.

“That’s why we’re organising our own collective purchasing service.

“By harnessing the power of our grassroots network and Labour councils, we can be a vehicle for people coming together to collectively negotiate a fairer deal with the energy companies.

“Because people are doing this together, they’ll have more leverage than they would just doing it on their own.

“This initiative shows that the Labour Party is changing as an organisation, finding new ways to reach voters disenchanted with politics, and is focused on being a positive force for change in the communities we seek to serve."

 

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