An Update from The Peoples Power….

Sorry none of us from the PeoplesPower can join you in Leeds today.
The PeoplesPower would love to work with community organisations in Leeds to help people benefit from lower fuel bills.  
Why encourage households to Switch?
For the majority of small households that have not switched supplier in the last 3 years (thats most of them) there are savings of about £100 – 200 per household if we can help them switch to a better tariff.
Why collective switching?
The opposition from energy suppliers to collective switching is breaking down with collective switches now spreading to many local areas.  The last collective switch (in South Lakeland) was won by Ovo energy – a company that previously declined to participate in collective switching.
Why thePeoplesPower?
– not for profit Community Interest Company committed to helping households be richer and more empowered
– transparent business model and all fees declared
– any income above running costs invested into community energy projects
– evolving model based on the learning from the last year
– committed to getting the best deal for households (rather than chasing highest possible commission)
– will share revenue from referral fees with partner organisations
Why do we want to work with community organisations in Leeds?
– need to be able to reach beyond “the switching classes” – the people who will benefit most will not have regularly switched – Leeds based community organisations can reach these people (while thePeoplesPower on their own cannot)
– more ideas, more reach, more power – together we are stronger!
Sign up or find out more
For answers to questions on switching energy suppliers

Joe, Lani, Mike and Stewart

the team at thePeoplesPower
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Join Us At Our Next Event

Disrupting Poverty in Leeds October 15th

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Can you display a poster to help us Disrupt Poverty in Leeds?

Can you help us to get the word out about our next Disrupting Poverty Event?  We have three lovely posters for you to display on websites or on walls.  If you are using them online and can add a link then please link them to the booking site:

Dis Pov Leeds

Dis Pov Chefs

Dis Pov Bunny

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Thoughts on Disrupting Poverty July 2012 From the Director of Leeds Mind

I attended this event for the first time today and got a lot from it. I was particularly interested in the combination of the mapping of the LSAOs (Lower Super Output Areas – just a handful of streets, a thousand people or so) done by Andy Bolton of  and the short piece from Andy Bagley (@andy-bagley1) on evaluating impact – and how these connect with the wider work. Two main thoughts struck me:

  • If we were to adopt a geographic route and work with the areas which really are the poorest, how does that feel to the people who live there? Would they want to be focused on in this way? How could that be done appropriately? Mentioning this thought briefly to Mike Chitty, he put it so much better than me: could people who really want to help and have something to offer be invited in by local residents? What would it take to make that happen?
  • Should we also map the mental health of the people living in these areas? Given the connections between mental health problems and poverty, the levels would almost certainly be high. Presumably there is the possibility of accessing mental health records for those people who have a formal diagnosis within the NHS. It could well be argued that this could help in targeting better provision of services as suggested by Claire Jones (@ClaireOT) and I’m sure she’s right. I wonder how many people living in these areas have some sort of mental health challenge already but possibly not diagnosed and targeting these LSAOs could open up services. It would need to be accompanied by a range of services (not just healthcare) including in particular peer led. Is there any risk that labelling, given the stigma we know exists, could make it better or worse?

Niccola Swan, Director, Leeds Mind

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Next Disrupting Poverty Event – 30th July

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4600 Impacts of Welfare Reform in Leeds

In April 2012 the rules for Working Tax Credit for couples with children changed. Previously, couples had to work at least 16 hours a week between both parents. Since April they will have to increase their working hours to at least 24 hours, or they will lose their whole entitlement to Working Tax Credit, worth £3,870 a year.

Child Poverty Action Group

The number of couples with children and benefiting from Working Tax Credit, working between 16 and 24 hours as of December 2011 in Leeds…

Source: PQ answer 88172, 10 Jan 2012


Number of Households

Number of children in those households

Leeds Central



Leeds East



Leeds North East



Leeds North West



Leeds West



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A Contribution to Disrupting Poverty – Hang on to Your Stuff!

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