Kirklees Council has had to pull the plug on a cheap energy deal.

The decision has been revealed in our latest “Ask Examiner” question.

The question we posed was: What happened to the council’s proposal to form a cooperative to purchase cheap gas and electricity for interested households?

It transpires that the council has had to give up the scheme but does hope to look at other options.

A spokesman said: “The council led on a one-off ‘collective energy switch’ in 2013.

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“This was an opportunity for Kirklees householders to sign up collectively and obtain a better deal or tariff from energy companies.

“Whilst this was relatively successful (over 170 households accepted their switch offer, with an average saving of £172 per year per household), it also involved significant resourcing on the part of the council, which can no longer be provided.

“It is also worth noting that this was not a co-operative set up to purchase energy.

“The council is continuing to investigate future energy saving initiatives and opportunities that will help save money for Kirklees householders, but in the meantime, we would suggest that householders interested in switching their energy supplier visit the Ofgem ‘Go energy Shopping’ website www.goenergyshopping.co.uk/en-gb or the Energy Saving Advice Service www.energysavingtrust.org.uk (or call 0300 123 1234 - national rate call).”

The spokesman added that further information about keeping your home warm is available on the council’s website at www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/your-property-bins-recycling/house-warm.aspx