WORK to help people in Northumberland get a better deal on their energy bills has received a major funding boost.
Northumberland County Council has been awarded nearly £60,000 of Government money.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change awarded £46m to 132 projects, with Northumberland receiving a share of £5m allocated to setting up such schemes. The county is already promoting the first phase of the scheme in which it is involved.
Over 17,000 people have signed up to the initiative, which is being run in partnership with 11 other councils, making it the biggest local authority-led collective switching scheme in the UK.
Coun Andrew Tebbutt, executive member responsible for corporate resources at the council said: “This extra funding is great news for our work in helping people to reduce their energy bills.
“We want as many people as possible in Northumberland to find the cheapest price for their energy because we are aware that so many people struggle with their current fuel bills.”
The auction for energy companies is planned for January 29 and households will receive offers in early February.