7th March 2012
Southampton’s Labour MPs have backed the ‘Big Switch’ campaign for energy customers to bargain together to get a better deal from the Big Six.
The campaign, spearheaded by 38 Degrees and Which? already has over 80,000 people signed up. The campaign aims to have even more signed up by March 31st. After that date, Which? will hold a ‘reverse auction’ among as many energy companies as possible to see who will offer the best deal for this customer block.
Southampton’s Labour MPs have backed the campaign and are encouraging local people to sign up.
Alan Whitehead said:
“Soaring energy bills are driving up inflation and contributing to the cost of living crisis afflicting millions of families. Labour believes that community action, including collective purchasing, is essential to reforming our energy market, and I am pleased to support the Big Switch campaign.
“There is of course a lot more we need to do to fix some of the fundamental problems with our current energy market, but this is an encouraging first step.”
John Denham, Labour MP for Southampton Itchen, said:
“We need to break the stranglehold of the big six energy companies, so that communities can work together to generate clean energy in their own area and be more empowered when purchasing energy from other suppliers. This potentially sets an exciting precedent which organisations such as local authorities and housing associations could take up to negotiate better energy deals on behalf of their residents.”
You can sign up to the Big Switch campaign at https://www.whichbigswitch.co.uk
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