At-need residents in up to 1.75 million London homes may have the chance to obtain assistance in getting a better energy deal, thanks to a pioneering scheme by local councils.
Set for implementation in 17 boroughs by London Councils, the initiative aims to help London’s most disadvantaged residents save money on gas and electricity. The plan has received £686,655 from the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Cheaper Energy Together Fund.
Individual boroughs may utilise their allocated portions of funding to advise the residents on energy tariff options and to negotiate with gas and electricity companies for better deals.
“People who most need to keep warm to stay healthy are the least likely to make sure they are on the best energy deal,” said Councillor Catherine West, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee.
During the summer conditions, gas and electricity has been far from a concern. However, in the midst of a winter during which the UK’s temperatures have dipped to -12.9C the cross-borough plan seems poised to have a significant positive impact on vulnerable residents.
Over ten percent of income is spent on energy bills with approximately 325,000 homes in the 17 boroughs in “fuel shortage,” according to a London Councils statement.
“We must help Londoners get cheaper energy deals and improve their home energy efficiency. Councils across the capital will do all that they can to help people, particularly the vulnerable and those on low incomes, keep warm at home,” said Council Leader, Councillor Derek Osbourne of Kingston Council, the scheme’s lead borough.
Mr. Osbourne added: “Switching collectively to one domestic energy provider to get better energy deals may benefit us all as residents.”
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