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Publication date:- 2017-28-04

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Liverpool LECCY launches

A new not for profit energy company to tackle fuel poverty in Liverpool has launched, and it could save households hundreds of pounds per year.

The LECCY (Liverpool Energy Community Company) is now offering competitively priced gas and electriCity cheaper than that offered by the Big 6 and will offer advice to households to help them move off costly prepayment meters and on to cheaper direct debit tariffs.

The LECCY will also support people to move over to SMART meters so they can manage their energy use and provide help with managing their bills.

The LECCY is a partnership between Liverpool City Council and Robin Hood Energy, and is supported by Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson.

More than 1,000 people have already expressed interest in signing up ahead of the launch and the Council has secured a one year fixed rate deal that is cheaper than tariffs currently offered by the Big 6 energy suppliers. It could save a medium user of gas and electriCity over ₤250 per year compared to the most expensive Big 6 tariff. Further fixed rate deals for Liverpool are in the pipeline and will be announced in the coming months.

Mayor Anderson said:- "1 in 3 households in Liverpool pay over the odds for their gas and electriCity because they have prepayment meters which are far more expensive than other tariffs.  By setting up a not for profit company, we can offer really competitive rates. We're not out to make a profit for shareholders like other energy suppliers, and will instead focus on delivering the best value for local people. We won't be offering gimmicks or introductory loss-leaders. What we will be doing is offering good value tariffs and helping people to get the best deal for them. This is part of our commitment to supporting residents in difficult times, helping them save money to offset the impact of austerity."

1 in 7 Liverpool households live in fuel poverty, compared with 1 in 10 nationally and 70,000 households in the City are forced to use prepayment meters. Research by Citizens Advice shows people who use these meters pay ₤226 more a year on their fuel bills compared with the cheapest direct debt tariff.

The LECCY will work especially hard to support prepayment customers who are often offered expensive and uncompetitive tariffs, and will help them to move onto the best and cheapest alternatives for them.

By providing energy cheaply and helping people to move off costly prepayment meters when it's right for them, it aims to secure a future where people are in control of their energy bills and no one has to choose between food or fuel.

Councillor Alan Clark, Chair of the Robin Hood Energy Board said:- "We're delighted to announce this partnership with LECCY. We have a shared aim to provide affordable energy to all households locally and to help tackle fuel poverty."

Switching is easy and hassle free. To get an instant quote, customers should visit the website; they simply need to have a recent copy of their energy bill. Enquiries can also be made by calling:- 0800 023 4171 (calls are free from mobiles and landlines).

Nominate your local Children's Hospital on Merseyside for a "Cine Makeover"

CHILDREN'S wards across the country are being offered the chance to have a space in their facility transformed into a state of the art cinema room, complete with all the latest technology.

Finite Solutions, a national company specialising in smart home technologies and bespoke home cinema design and installation, is looking to provide a Children's Hospital with a full cinema room installation worth more than ₤15,000 for its patients and visitors to enjoy, as part of its:- "Cine makeover" campaign. The cinema system will include a full suite of top of the range equipment including a HD projector and 100" screen, state of the art surround sound, Blu-Ray player and games console, as well as a series of children's movies.

If visitors, patients, staff or members of the public know of a Children's Ward, Care Unit or other facility on Merseyside, that would benefit from a fantastic professional cinema system, they can nominate them online by simply submitting a short description of what the new facility could be used for first, such as hosting a Disney film marathon, a console gaming tournament or a pyjama party with popcorn etc, along with a supporting image of the proposed room for the installation (if available). The closing date for nominations is 4pm, Friday, 12 May 2017.

The nominated Children's Hospitals will be then be opened up to an online public vote, to decide which facility will receive the cinema makeover. This vote will also be coupled with the opinions of an expert panel of judges.

The total cinema system value is more than ₤15,000 and comprises of:-

►  A high definition high quality projector
►  A 100" wide projector screen
►  5x high quality Kef wall mounted speakers and subwoofer
►  A Blu-ray player with a selection of popular children's movies and TV series
►  A top of the range games console
►  A Freeview box and wifi router
►  A wall mounted touch screen control panel and more….

Simon Mathieson, Finite Solutions' Consultancy Director said:- "We really wanted to team up with a Hospital or care unit to do something positive and fun for a group of deserving young people and the campaign is allowing us to do just that. Hospitals typically lack the funding required for such facilities, and we hope to bring fun and relaxation to Hospital residents and visitors by installing a fantastic cinema room that everyone can enjoy for many years to come. We would invite people across Merseyside to nominate their local ward."

The full prize details and terms and conditions of the competition can be found on:- FiniteSolutions.Co.UK/Cine-Makeover.

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