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Charities back new Staffordshire community energy scheme

Staffordshire charities are backing a scheme aiming to help Lichfield and Burntwood residents to save money on their energy bills.

Around 4,200 people have already signed up for the Cheaper Energy Together project, which is also backed by a number of local councils.

The initiative aims to improve the deal people get by allowing not-for-profit group thePeoplesPower to carry out collective negotiations with energy companies.

“We’re really proud to be supporting this initiative,” said Helen Spearey, strategic director of community, housing and Health for Lichfield District Council. “It’s a great idea – we’re encouraging everyone to join to see how much they can save.

“We don’t want anyone missing out on the chance to massively reduce their energy bills, and with registration closing on the March 31, time is running out.”

It is hoped that local homes will take part in the scheme to improve Staffordshire standing as one of the top ten fuel-poor counties.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” said Martin Chadwick, from the Beat the Cold charity. “Fuel poverty is a blight on our community.

“Affecting as many as 25 per cent of homes, it’s a local issue of crisis proportions as it damages the health of people, particularly young children and older people.

“That’s why this community initiative is so important.”

For more information visit www.CheaperEnergyTogether.org or call freephone 0800 888 66 11.

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