07 September 2008

Disabled people won't be left out in the cold

Disabled people will have the opportunity to overcome the current hike in energy prices and help them save money on their gas and electricity bills thanks to a new partnership between charity Scope and Which?, the UK's leading consumer organisation.

Disability charity Scope has partnered with Which's 'Switch with Which?' service which allows customers to identify the most cost-effective option and facilitate consumers switching between energy suppliers.

This is particularly important for disabled people who are twice as likely to live in poverty as non-disabled people. A recent report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation revealed that three out of 10 disabled adults of working age are living in poverty.

Under the terms of the partnership, for every switch made through Scope's 'Switch with Which?' service, £10 will also be donated to Scope. On average, customers who used the service saved £233 in a year.

The money raised will help Scope work with disabled people to achieve equality through its Time to Get Equal campaign and a range of innovative services which enable disabled people to have choice and control over their lives.

Jane Aldous, Head of Scope Partnerships, said: "In this current economic climate, we're all thinking about how we can save money and the 'Switch with Which?' service will help consumers do just that. Scope is very proud to be partnering with Which?, who are not only making it easier for thousands of people to save money on their energy bills, but also helping us raise vital funds to work with disabled people to achieve equality."

Alison Morrison, Head of Non-Subscription Marketing, Which? adds: "We're delighted to be building this partnership with Scope. We hope that it will enable us reach out to many more disabled people and help them get a better deal on their energy bills. At Which? we aim to make individuals as powerful as the organisations they deal with in their everyday lives. We've done our best to make switching as simple as possible - anyone with access to a telephone can call us for free, or people can go online at our website."

Switching suppliers is simple, free and fast. Customers simply need to call 0800 533 031 quoting Scope with a copy of a recent energy bill, or visit www.switchwithwhich.co.uk/scope

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