MP joins scheme to cut fuel bills for all
Cornish MP Sheryll Murray is urging people across the region to sign up to a scheme offering the potential of cheaper fuel bills, writes Simon Parker.
Mrs Murray (pictured), who represents South East Cornwall, has become the latest recruit to a people-driven co-operative to end fuel poverty, improve health and cut energy bills across the board.
"This could end up being a great way for the people of Cornwall to save money on gas and electricity bills," she said. "All you have to do is give a few details and you could save hundreds of pounds. Hopefully it will really help those who are struggling to stay warm this winter."
Cornwall Together is an umbrella organisation that aims to bulk-purchase electricity, gas and heating oil and share the savings with consumers. The initiative could deliver up to £3.7million worth of savings to Cornish households and businesses. The ambition is for the scheme to be rolled out nationwide and eventually be used to negotiate as a group for other products.
Once enough people have signed up, CornwallTogether will approach energy companies to negotiate a cheaper deal. It has been calculated that CornwallTogether could save households up to £432 a year.
Cornwall Together project manager Matt Hastings said: "It's free to use and takes five minutes. After the negotiation you will be sent an offer. You don't have to accept the deal, there's no obligation, but if you do, the transfer from one supplier to another is very simple. We're asking people to join in and tell their friends – the more members we have the more we could save."
Conceived by the Eden Project, Cornwall Together was pioneered by Cornwall Council, the NHS, Community Energy Plus and Community Buying UnLtd, to bring people together to reduce fuel poverty, encourage sustainability and community resilience. Anyone wishing to join should visit cornwalltogether.com or call Freephone 0800 772 0925.