Plan to tackle high fuel bills

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Sheffield Council is looking into an initiative on ways to help city residents to access cheaper energy tariffs through collective purchasing.

Work on the idea is set to be approved in a motion at Wednesday’s full council meeting by the ruling Labour group.

Coun Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for communities and inclusion, said: “The rise in energy prices is very worrying, fuel poverty is a very real concern with families in some areas of Sheffield having to choose whether to heat or eat.

“This is not something we want for hard working families, particularly in winter and at a time when people are already struggling to make ends meet.

“I am pleased that the Labour Party and the council are backing initiatives to help people reduce their energy bills.”

He also called on the Government to ‘stand up to the vested interests of the energy companies’ and pressure them to reduce prices.

Details of the council’s planned scheme are to be revealed at a later date.