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Surrey joins forces with councils nationwide to drive down energy bills

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Surrey has joined forces with councils nationwide in a bid to help drive down energy bills.

Already more than 6,000 people have registered for the county council’s switch and save scheme. Now the authority has teamed up with more than 60 councils to make the most of their collective clout.

It means they will potentially be able to draw on the people power of up to 100,000 bill-payers to secure the best possible deal on the annual cost of gas and electricity.

The news comes after British Gas reported profits rose by 11% last year following a round of price hikes by major energy suppliers.

The councils will negotiate a group deal at an auction with energy suppliers on 9 April, with the lowest bid winning. To register, visit www.surreyswitchandsave.org or call 03456 009 009 and choose option five.

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Change and Efficiency Denise Le Gal said: “This should significantly swell the purchasing power of the collective group and that means even bigger potential savings for residents.

“People power can really pay off and I’d ask everyone in Surrey looking for some help in coping with the spiralling cost of heating and lighting their homes to join because they could knock £200 or more off their annual bills.”

Surrey has extended its deadline to register for the scheme to 8 April. People will need to provide contact details, the name of their supplier and information about their current energy usage and tariff.

The deal will be announced to people in Surrey during the week beginning 15 April and they will then have until early May to decide whether to switch.

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