Energy Secretary Ed Davey joins over a thousand people who have so far switched their energy supply using the Big Deal collective switch
Today (Tuesday 15th July) collective bargaining campaign The Big Deal can announce that the Secretary of State for Energy, Ed Davey, not only joined The Big Deal when it first launched but has now switched his own energy supply to The Big Deal's new market beating energy tariff.
Thanks to the bargaining power of its 10,000 members The Big Deal created the best 2 year tariff available anywhere. It's with leading independent supplier Green Star Energy and isn't on price comparison sites. It's the first time a collective switch has created a new market beating tariff. The tariff will protect customers from price rises for 2 years. Energy UK, the trade body for energy companies, has said energy bills will rise by 50% by 2020 - the equivalent of nearly £100 a year.
The Big Deal has over 10,000 members and it is reaching people who pay too much and are traditionally let down by the energy market. 63% of its members have never or hardly ever switched before. Over 60% are aged over 55 and 30% are aged over 65.
People are saving hundreds of pounds per year by taking The Big Deal's new tariff with one family saving over £700 per year.
Secretary of State for Energy, Ed Davey, said:
"Thanks to this Government collective switches across the country have saved people hundreds of pounds. Bargaining together to get better deals is working particularly for those who have been let down for too long. The whole process was simple and anyone who hasn't switched recently should look out for the next collective switch and sign up."
Co-founder of The Big Deal, Henry de Zoete, said:
"The Big Deal has shown that people power delivers. We're delighted the Energy Secretary has not only helped create this new market beating deal by throwing his weight behind the campaign but actually switched himself. The Big Deal is putting hundreds of pounds back into the pockets of people who have been ripped off for too long."
Joanne Thornton, General Manager of Green Star Energy, said:
"The Big Deal has brought together a group of people who don't often switch and have been paying high bills for far too long. We're delighted to be able to offer them a brand new exclusive market leading two year deal that will put money back into their pockets."
Here are some examples of people who have taken the deal.
Lynne Langshaw, aged 63 from Rochdale, is delighted to be saving over £200 per year. She said:
"This is my first switch. I have a serious medical condition and need extra heat in the very cold months. I had no problem switching and I recommend The Big Deal to anyone who want to ditch the greedy big six companies."
Rob Morton, a pensioner from Herefordshire, saved £350 per year. He said:
"The Big Deal concept of people power is superb. I am retired and pensioners everywhere should not miss this deal. It hit the spot for me, switching was easy and I am delighted with it."
Chris and Andrea Goldsmith (retired transport manager and teacher respectively), both aged 61 from Chorley, saved £200 per year. They said:
"We've both retired early so every penny counts. Being able to save so much while protecting ourselves from price rises was brilliant. We've never switched before so teaming up with 10,000 others gave us piece of mind and meant we knew we were getting a good deal. We'll be spending our saving on our granddaughter."
Mr Platt, aged 76 from Southport, has saved £180 per year. He said:
"Switching was was very easy and I'm delighted with the saving."
Jean Hopkins, 63, from Basingstoke in Hampshire, is saving £153 a year. She said:
"I'm no longer fearing that I'll be facing extra expensive bills in the coming winters. It's a big worry off my mind."