The deadline to join Oldham Council’s energy scheme, ‘Power to the People’, expires this weekend.

More than 7,000 households have now registered for this ‘bulk buying’ campaign, which claims it could cut up to £200 off your energy bills. Collective switching allows large groups of customers to choose the best rate by changing tariff together at the same time. This is the UK’s biggest Local Authority-led scheme of its type and residents still have until 11pm on Sunday, November 25 to sign-up. The scheme is open to anyone: you do not have to live in Oldham to benefit.

With time running out you can still find out more, and sign-up under no obligation, by doing one of three things:

Visit the Oldham Council website and fill in the form online at:

Pop along to one of three final sign-up events taking place before Sunday’s deadline at: 
Northmoor Library (Thursday, November 22) from 2.15pm to 5pm; Lees Library (Friday, November 23) from 11am to 2pm; and Unit 6, Tommyfield Market (Saturday, November 24) from 11am to 2pm.

Or call 0161 770 666 between 9am and 5pm (weekdays) or 9am to 1pm (Saturday only).

Councillor Arooj Shah, Assistant Cabinet Member at Oldham Council, said, “The response to ‘Power to the People’ has been fantastic – but time is now running out. In these final days we’re reminding anyone who hasn’t already signed up to please ensure you do it before Sunday’s 11pm deadline, don’t miss out.

“If you have a recent energy bill to hand it only takes five minutes to register and this is a really simple opportunity to save money. If you’ve already signed up, please also remind your family and friends that the deadline is looming. Remember, the more people that join this, the greater the potential savings to everyone who takes part, and there’s no obligation to switch providers if you later decide not to.”

The ‘Power to the People’ group will go to auction with energy firms on Monday, November 26.

Last month the Greater Manchester Combined Authority members, which have around 1.2 million households between them, also agreed to establish a dedicated energy collective on an initial one-year basis.

This will build on the ‘Power to the People’ scheme and that group will go to auction in January 2013.



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