FAMILIES across Northumberland are being urged to sign up for a mass energy switching scheme as time runs out to register.
The deadline to join the Ready to Switch scheme has been extended until the end of this month to allow as many people as possible to get on board.
Northumberland County Council is working in partnership with 11 other local authorities across England on the initiative, which aims to use collective purchasing power to ensure the best possible energy deals for those taking part.
More than 5,500 people in the county have already registered, and those who haven’t must do so by January 28.
After that, an auction for energy suppliers is planned for January 29, and signed up households will receive their new tariff offers in early February.
To register for the scheme, people should visit www.readytoswitch.co.uk, phone the county council on 0845 600 6400, visit any council customer information centre or email energy@ northumberland. gov.uk
Liberal Democrat executive member Simon Reed, who represents Bothal, is now urging his Labour colleagues to do more to promote the scheme in their areas, in the face of varying rates of take-up.
He said: “I strongly urge people in my division to sign up and I would like to see similar commitment from Labour councillors and MPs in promoting an initiative which could save their residents hundreds of pounds a year.”