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We’re ‘sick of paying over the odds’ for energy: Future is bright for Oldham after campaign for better deals

By Andrew Bardsley

Nearly 9,000 Oldham homeowners who are ‘sick of paying over the odds’ for energy have signed up to a scheme that aims to cut down on their bills.

Oldham Council’s ‘Collective Energy Switching Scheme’ will use the combined buying power of the council to get better deals for residents.

When registration closed last night, 8,726 households had signed up the scheme.

Councillor Arooj Shah, Assistant Cabinet Member at Oldham Council, said: “We’re really pleased with how many households signed up to this scheme. The response has been brilliant.

“With all bills rising, residents cannot afford to pay more than they have to. The fact that so many people signed up tells us everything – locals are sick of paying over the odds for energy.”

The council will work to get the best deal on offer from energy companies on behalf of customers, and those who signed up will receive their offers on November 30.

Customers are not obliged to take up any offers they receive, and if they accept them the council will complete all the paperwork.

The idea has proved popular, and last month the Greater Manchester Authority members agreed to set up an energy collective, initially on a one year basis.

Oldham Athletic has also supported the move, with the club being the first local businesses to help spread the word.

Paul Dickov, the club’s manager said: “We all know how hard the economic climate is for families and fans at the moment and rising energy prices are a big part of the problem.

“We can already feel winter is on the way here at Boundary Park and everyone will need to be turning their heating up soon.”

Another energy scheme will open in January 2013 for anyone who is interested and missed the deadline.

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