MP endorses local energy scheme
Released on 8 November 2018
Local MP the Rt Hon. Gavin Williamson CBE gave his wholehearted support to South Staffordshire Council's Good Life Energy Bill scheme when he spoke at the Council's recent Business Breakfast event.
Mr Williamson explains, “Good Life Energy is far more than an ordinary energy switching scheme and I'm delighted to endorse it. The whole ethos behind the scheme is about the council working together with a reputable local company to give residents and local businesses impartial advice and assist them to get the very best energy prices year on year. It's not about collective switching or just offering a one-off tariff. Instead, it's a very personal and caring approach, which can help everyone including those most vulnerable in our community."
Many local businesses and residents have already seen the benefits and have been quick to praise the initiative.
Councillor Robert Reade, Cabinet Member for Business Transformation at South Staffordshire Council, said, “I've had personal experience of using the Good Life Energy team and without their assistance I would not have had the ability to resolve my home and business energy issues. I really can't thank them enough for all their help and support."
Good Life Energy was put together by South Staffordshire Council and local business partner Compare Energy Bills. It was initially a 'grass roots' project developed to help the community with the aim of making switching energy suppliers hassle free and easy.
Amanda Munro from South Staffordshire Council said, “Local businesses and residents told us that they find their energy bills confusing, don't have time to look around or the expertise to resolve problems. Many also said they still have loyalty to an energy company or have just had a bad experience trying to switch by themselves. These are the people that could be paying the highest amount for their energy.
“I would urge residents to get in touch with the Good Life Energy team, talk to them or attend one of the energy surgeries going on in the district this autumn and winter."
Information about Good Life Energy can be found at www.sstaffs.gov.uk/energy
Or call Freephone 03333 058671.
Gavin Williamson MP pictured with (left to right) Ashley Bayliss and Chris Jones
from Good Life Energy, Amanda Munro, Energy Conservation Officer
at South Staffordshire Council, and Councillor Robert Reade.
Notes for Editor
- The Good Life Energy scheme's original aim was to help residents avoid Fuel Poverty; as a Council we can do little to influence fuel prices so we decided to focus on supporting residents to find cheaper energy deals.
- Fuel poverty occurs where households have a lower than average income and face higher than average costs of keeping adequately warm and other basic energy services.
- All those that register for the Good Life Energy scheme have saved money on their energy bills with an average resident saving of £290 each year and a saving of 40% for businesses. The project identified that over 70% of residents would welcome assistance in switching their home energy and over 60% of businesses welcomed the help in resolving issues with their supplier.
- Good Life Energy gives local and impartial advice and not being tied to a handful of energy providers gives them the freedom to find the very best deals on a personal basis. Good Life Energy customers don't have to worry about switching again as they will continue to take care of them year on year, to guarantee they are always getting the very best deal.
For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Tel: 01902 696000