Saturday, June 22, 2024

Thurrock and Barking launch The Big Energy Switch

LEADER of Thurrock Council, Cllr John Kent, has launched The Big Energy Switch – the council’s first ever collective energy switching scheme which can save people up to £250 a year.

The scheme starts this Friday – 15 February – and will run until 8 April followed by an auction of energy suppliers the following day.

A tariff will then be offered to all who signed up based on their calculated energy usage. People can then decide whether they wish to accept or decline the offer.

Standing on the roof of the council offices, Cllr Kent said: “Rising electricity and gas prices are crippling households and yet so many of us are afraid to do something about it in case we end up locked in a worse situation.

“It doesn’t help when we are constantly bombarded with so many suppliers who claim to be offering ‘better deals’ which can be extremely confusing.

“We are running this scheme in conjunction with Barking and Dagenham Council so we can get as many residents to sign up as possible.

“Anyone can sign up- and the more residents who do, the more bargaining power we will have to drive down the price.

“We have set ourselves a target to see if we can get as many Thurrock households signed up by 8 April when it closes.”

He added “Residents will all have the comfort that this scheme is being arranged by the council with a credited broker – iChoosr – and there is no obligation to accept the offer when it is made so there is nothing to lose.”

Full details on how to sign will be available on the council’s website from Friday (15 February) by clicking on which will link to the online registration form on the iChoosr website or call 01375 652652 for assistance.


  1. The big question is, would you trust your energy suppliers in the hands of TBC & B&D, so far they have proved that they cannot even balance their own books so how are they going to run a cooperative.

  2. Divlow sorry Lambo perhaps they should get George Osborn to learn them how to balance the books he’s doing right well with this aa ratings I was going to ask who’s the dimmest in the picture the light bulb or John Kent but now you’ve made your comment Lambo it’s obviously you

  3. Mike you should have got a picture with the light bulb in his mouth a part from his hair his a ringer for uncle fester ( Adams family )


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