Campaign to focus on families

By Martin Neville

Monday, March 4, 2013


VULNERABLE groups on the Isle of Wight are being targeted by Community Action Isle of Wight’s Big Wight Switch.

Thousands of Islanders have already registered for the scheme, which aims to help households save money on their gas and electricity bills by negotiating cheaper energy tariffs.

Philippa Daley, rural services officer with Community Action, said "We have had a very successful start to the campaign with 2,500 householders registering so far.

"We would still like more people to register and would especially like to see registrations from families with young children under the age of five. This is because we know we have lots of families on the Island who are struggling to pay their bills."

So far, 54 per cent of registrants have been aged 61 or over. Fewer than 100 families with young children have signed up.

Community Action is now targeting young families and people on low incomes, and is very keen to work with children’s centres, pre-schools and parent and toddler groups.

Big Wight Switch will be out and about next week visiting some of the Island’s libraries, where people can find out more about the scheme and register their interest.

Find out more at Sandown Library on tomorrow (Tuesday) from 10am to noon, Newport Library on Thursday from 11am to 2pm and Ryde Library on Friday, March 8, from 11am to 2pm.

Residents can find out more and register at or by calling 01983 539371.



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by Graeme Egerton

4th March 2013, at 17:48:09

There may be another reason. I believe that you have to settle your account with your old supplier before you can switch. This may not be possible for many families. If I'm wrong, please do correct me!

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by Don Prescott

4th March 2013, at 16:40:04

Interesting that "Fewer than 100 families with young children have signed up."

Maybe they are a bit more clued up than the OAPs.

Theres no such thing as a free lunch, as 2.2. of the T&Cs of the Big Wight Switch says, "Our website and the service we provide to you is free. We generate our income by charging the energy suppliers who successfully win our users’ business a fee for each switch – so they pay us, not you."

So really they are just acting as a middleman and making a living out of it.

ANYONE can switch, as we have just done and saved £204 with Co-operative Energy (and, of course, I have NOTHING to do with promoting them, nor do I make any money from them).
This is the same sort of scheme as Raybans Community Energy with SSE (which seems to have disappeared) except in a different set of clothes.

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