Save money in 2016 by switching energy provider

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City of York Council is encouraging residents to see if they could save money though 2016 and beyond by switching their gas and electricity providers.

Residents can join the switch until Monday 1 February. Over 200 residents took part in the latest switch with people saving on average over £215.

Jacqui Warren, Sustainability Officer, said: “The Big Community Switch is a great way for people who might be considering changing their energy suppliers to see if they can reduce their energy bill, with residents saving on average £215 during the previous switch.”

How the switch works:

1. The switch is open for registrations from 5 January to 1 February 2016. Anyone who pays a household energy bill can register for free, including pre payment meter customers and those without gas. Registration is easy – you just need a recent fuel bill or annual statement.

2. The council’s switching partner iChoosr will hold an ‘auction day’ on 2 February and invite energy companies to offer their best prices.

3. The cheapest tariff wins! Residents will receive an email with details of the new tariff secured by the scheme and how much money could be potentially saved. This will be after 12 February 2016.

4. Residents will have until 14 March 2016 to decide to accept the offer or not. There is no obligation to accept and no fees or charges. If residents choose not to take up the offer, they can still register again in future schemes.

For more information and help on joining the Big community Energy Switch visit https://www.york.gov.uk/switchingenergy or watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx_fph_9NeE

For help making your home warmer through energy efficiency measures visit https://www.york.gov.uk/info/20097/private_landlords_and_tenants/1507/better_homes_york

£284,000 savings in York education team as 3 face redundancy

The Council has revealed details of a new staff structure in its “learning” team. The restructure is aimed at saving £284,000 a year in staffing costs and has been influenced by the conclusion of some Europe funded projects.

Some voluntary redundancies have already taken place. Three existing staff face compulsory redundancy

The background report says,

“Many of these savings are coming from reduction in management posts, but there will also be some savings in direct service delivery, including reductions in some teaching staff, reductions in employability programmes and provision to support mental health issues.

These reductions are going to have a serious affect on the service’s ability to support individuals seeking work and those who require help with recovering from mental health issues”.BehindClosedDoors 2015

The decision was taken at a “behind closed doors” meeting held on 21st December.

Reports were not made public until after the decision had been published