Labour Councillors say that Westminster residents could save up to £182 a year if the Council were to join the collective energy switching scheme operated by Oldham Council on behalf of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA). The AGMA scheme is already up and running and has produced impressive results to date.
In summary, the Council should join the AGMA scheme for the following reasons;
- Impressive early results: Oldham’s residents who chose to switch following the auction saved between £156 and £182 depending on fuel types and billing methods.
- An early start: Because an auction has already been run and materials are in place meaning that the processes and structures are already established. The next auction is expected to take place in March or April meaning that residents will realise savings sooner. This is important given the recent fuel price rises.
- Free to join: The scheme does not require a joining fee payable by the Council. Instead, Oldham Council encourage participating authorities make a voluntary contribution to its Co-operative fund.
- Higher switching payments: Under most schemes, local authorities receive a payment for every successful switch. The AGMA scheme would see the Council being paid £10 for each resident who switches.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“The Council should join the AGMA energy switching scheme as soon as possible so that residents can get the benefit of these energy savings soon. Saving up to £182 a year will benefit many Westminster families and help them to balance their regular outgoings.”