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Labour-run Maghull Town Council looks into launching a collective switch scheme to help Maghull residents benefit from cheaper household energy


Labour-run Maghull Town Council is hoping to help householders in the town slash their household energy bills.

Labour Councillors are looking into signing Maghull Town Council up to a groundbreaking initiative which allows residents to collectively switch their gas and electricity suppliers to get the best deal for people in the town.

The scheme would see Maghull Town Council partner with Sefton, together with local authorities throughout the Liverpool City Region to get people the best price for gas and electricity.

Maghull Town Council Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley said he hoped that if Maghull Town Council go ahead with the scheme, people who sign up would save huge amounts.

Cllr McKinley said: "Household fuel bills have rocketed as energy firms have repeatedly increased charges. It means more and more people here in Maghull are struggling to pay. Far too many people are having to make the decision of heating their homes and eating.

"Not enough is being done by the government to help those people who are struggling to keep their homes warm. So we in Maghull Town Council want to do what we can to help. That is why we are looking at signing Maghull Town Council up to the regional collective switch scheme.

"If Maghull Town Council formally launches the scheme, the collective switch will be open to anyone, regardless of current supplier or payment methods. Those who have never switched their energy supplier or who haven’t switched in the last 12 months, are likely to benefit most from the collective switch. We have been told that the scheme makes it safer and easier to switch supplier and householders could typically save £189 per year on their energy bills."

Maghull residents will be invited to sign up if the town council launch the scheme.

Cllr McKinley said: "The idea is, that by registering their details with Maghull Town Council's collective switch scheme, householders will help give weight to the scheme by increasing its bulk buying power. They also need to register in order to receive information about, and benefit from, the tariffs that have been negotiated through the collective switch.

"The regional collective switch, which already backed by Sefton Council, Halton Council, Knowsley Council, Liverpool City Council and Wirral Council, has been extremely popular. It is free to join and householders will be able to see how much they would save before they decide if they want to switch suppliers.

"This will be a great opportunity for the people of Maghull to join together and collectively benefit from reduced energy bills. We know that people in our town are concerned by rising fuel prices. This scheme could help people save hundreds of pounds a year simply by switching to a cheaper tariff. 

"The reason I have asked the town clerk to look into the viability of this scheme is because we want to make switching easier for people here in Maghull so they can benefit from the potential of reduced household bills. It is Labour-run Maghull Town Council delivering greater social value in a very practical way that will benefit everyone who takes part.

"There’s nothing to lose, so I would encourage everyone to join in and see how much they could save by collectively switching. Register your interest now by calling the town hall.

"Once the final preparations and the scheme is off the ground, we hope that we will be able to save householder here money and ensure that people here can afford to put their heating on as and when they need it.”

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