Caroline Flint MP yesterday launched a scheme to help people to obtain cheaper energy.
The campaign called SwitchTogether allows anyone to sign up and the Labour Party will seek bids from energy companies to sell energy to all of those signed up.
"Labour may not run the country, but we can help you cut your bills today" Caroline Flint told the Labour Conference. "We may be in opposition. We may not run the country. But we can help people right now when this Government won’t."
Buying energy for many people at once is known as "collective switching". Labour is the first political party in British history to organise a collective switch.
The Don Valley MP explained:
"In America, co-operatives, local councils and community organisations are bringing people together to strike a better deal for their custom. Our sister parties in Belgium and Holland have delivered cheaper energy prices for thousands of people through collective switching. We can do the same.
"I am proud to announce the launch of Labour’s SwitchTogether campaign.We will ask people to sign up to Labour’s SwitchTogether to get a better energy deal. And if the energy companies want our business they need to name the price."
SwitchTogether - what you need to know
Energy bills are one of the biggest costs facing families. But only 20 per cent of people are on the cheapest deal. With so many confusing tariffs on the market, people find switching energy supplier difficult, or give up trying because all the companies seem to put their prices up. That's why Labour has organised our SwitchTogether scheme.
THE LABOUR PARTY DOES NOT MAKE ANY MONEY FROM THE SCHEME
How does the scheme work?
1.Sign up free and with no obligation to tell us you are interested in switching suppliers to save money
2.You can sign up from 26 September 2012 to 25 November 2012
3.You will hear from us in late November 2012 with an offer of an energy tariff based on your usage
4.We will let you know when you need to tell us whether you want to accept the offer.
And that's it! If you accept the offer, we will provide support and guidance during the process to switch you to your new tariff.
No access to internet or email?
Up to five households can register using the same email address - so if you don't have email, ask a friend or neighbour if you can use their email address (and tell them about our scheme at the same time).
You can also call the free number 0800-048 8112 (from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.) to request a paper form.