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1,000 customers sign up to the council’s energy company

30 March, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Labour cabinet coun­cillor Claudia Webbe

THE Town Hall wants to expand the energy company it set up as it seeks to give more people cheaper fuel deals.

Not-for-profit Angelic Energy, launched last autumn, has 1,000 households signed up so far. Councillors say residents save up to £275 a year on a standard tariff when compared with bills demanded by the “big six” energy suppliers.

Labour cabinet coun­cillor Claudia Webbe said: “Many councils, because of austerity, no longer have an energy team. We are one of the few councils who have focused on energy and climate change.

“Councils have been cut to the bone. They are down to the minimum of staff. We made different choices in Islington.”

She added: “We didn’t want residents to continue to be ripped off by the main energy providers, which they were being. We had people on prepayment meters paying double what was necessary. It’s all been very positive. We’ve got good results.”

The council, which says it has had a 70 per cent cut in government funding since 2010, invested £100,000 to set up the company and to cover marketing costs.

It sources its energy from Robin Hood Energy, a similar venture by Nottingham City Council.

All income is used to attract new customers, the majority of whom have chosen fixed price tariffs, the council said. When a council property is empty, it is then switch­­ed to Angelic Energy.

If re-elected at the local elections in May, Cllr Webbe hopes the fuel deals could be offered to people in housing association homes.

Steven Powell, a 61-year-old council tenant, saves about £120 on his energy after switching last year. The Highbury Station Road resident said: “They made it easy to switch and I’ve been recommending it to other council tenants.”

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