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Avoiding the energy tariff rise

Category: Public/Communities

Date: 19.04.2017

Time: 14:57

Household energy bills are on the rise again, after five of the big six companies have raised their standard variable tariffs. As the big six occupy 84% of the market, and approximately 70% of their customers are still on the expensive standard tariffs, this will almost certainly affect someone you know.

There are better alternatives, for example, our Warm Homes South Holland project helped Mrs Maxwell from Spalding save £199 simply by upgrading to a one-year fixed tariff with her current supplier.

All the information you need to do a tariff comparison is in the “About your tariff” section of an energy bill. If you’re a prepayment customer and haven’t got an annual summary, there’s a good chance your on the standard tariff and can estimate by your weekly payments.

Try our impartial switching service and sister company Green Energy Switch to compare the energy market: https://save.greenenergyswitch.co.uk/?db=dual

In more positive news Ofgem, the gas and electric industry regulator has introduced a prepayment meter price cap. As of April 1st 2017 energy companies will only be able to charge domestic prepayment customers a maximum price set by Ofgem, in line with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recommendations set in their two-year review of the market.

These rates vary by region and will be updated every 6 months on April 1st and October 1st, with the temporary cap expected to expire at the end of 2020, which can be viewed here:


This temporary cap is in line with the Smart Meter rollout completion, with the assumption being that increased competition from easier switching will lower the market price.

Overall, this is a step in the right direction. It is a disappointment that prepayment customers pay an average of £220 more than those on the cheapest deals by direct debit, and yet are very often those least able to afford it.

Sam Bosson is Environmental Consultant at PECT



Take a vote of change

Category: General

Date: 12.04.2017

Time: 10:08

Do you feel there’s too much traffic on the roads? Poor provision of public transport? Not enough sustainable solutions across the city?

Some of these issues are likely to have crossed our minds at some point in time and it can be frustrating for people who are affected, especially if we feel nothing is being done about it. 

Peterborough is the number one fastest-growing city by population, according to the Peterborough Investment Partnership, so it’s no surprise that the numbers of cars on the roads create a cause for concern within the city centre. In fact, the annual growth rate of our city is currently at 1.6%, meaning that the demand for road space will only be rising.

This is the reality and this is why we need to choose a suitable figurehead to lead the way for change in sustainability issues within our city.
The new Mayor for the combined Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Authority, which will be set up as a result of a devolution deal, will have the influence to help solve these issues.  The deal has been agreed in order to inject more money into both the Peterborough and Cambridge economy.
A significant benefit of the devolution deal, negotiated with the government, is a new £600 million fund to support economic growth, development of local infrastructure and provide jobs, which will also include major investment in transport schemes.

Cambridgeshire County Council Leader Steve Count, who is also Chairman of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Devolution Partnership, has said: “It will mean we can invest in new homes, better transport and boost the local economy. We have a chance locally to increase skills, jobs and tackle deprivation.”

To account for the growing transport demands of our city, a strategy needs to be put forward which looks to tackle the issues of traffic congestion, transport infrastructure and accessibility, in addition to the provision of sustainable transport substitutes to encourage greater modal shifts.

As a city, we need to take responsibility for ensuring that we vote in the upcoming Mayoral Elections if we want to have a say in these issues.  We must not ignore the important role the Mayor has in chairing the Combined Authority and the power that they will possess in influencing investment decisions across the two cities. 
To register to vote please visit: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

To find out more information about the combined authority, please visit:

Michaela Anthony is the Digital Marketing Apprentice at PECT.



Verbatim GREEN-SPACE Play Project

Category: Public/Communities

Date: 11.04.2017

Time: 16:04

Working in the community has a variety of connotations and benefits for artists. As a writer and theatre director, I know that at the heart of each performance is a circular conversation between maker, interpreters (actors/designer etc) and the audience. I am also aware that the quality of synergy in this conversation determines the smoothness of the planning, making/writing and production process.

There are things about working on a community-based commission that particularly throw light on this conversation. Giving birth is a complicated thing (I imagine), but when all the internal and external mechanics are working together, it happens with natural force and impact - boom!

Thanks to funding from Peterborough Presents, a member of the Creative People and Places project, and Peterborough City Council, I have been working on the ‘Verbatim GREEN-SPACE Play Project’ since November 2016.

A verbatim show in an outdoor setting is a delicious prospect for someone developing scripts in textural and structurally playful ways. Partnering with WestRaven Big Local, The Olive Branch Garden and The Green Backyard, with support from PECT, I have just completed stage one of an interview gathering, scripting and production journey for scratch/work-in-progress performances in June 2017.

In this context, unlike collaborating with a theatre or arts centre, your partners and part-interpreters (interviewees) are your audience. The through-line of developing that base of ticket-buying and marketing support begins on day one, with the first interaction.

To date, I have collected over 12 audio-recordings of interviews with GREEN-SPACE users with the aim of using interviewee’s words to make a 45 minute docu-drama or ‘verbatim’ show. But there’s an aim in itself with these recordings. Our chats have formed an online archive on the StreamLyric.co.uk ‘NewsFlow’, which I hope might be used in 22nd Century Peterborough by students clad in, as yet, uninvented fibres, to track a pivotal era in the city’s development.

An ‘Environment City’ could easily be considered a contradiction in terms. So it feels worthwhile to explore what this means. From the human perspective, there are definite recurring themes across these interviews, not least desire for extended family/surrogate community and random ‘play.’

As we know, casual conversation, albeit recorded, is a good vehicle for striking truths. Time and time again, interviewees have spoken of their motivation to connect with others in activities where performance is not measured and acceptance is a core value of the environment.

Volunteers have typically encountered these spaces during periods of transition when identity is being reaffirmed or redefined. It is no surprise that the bubbles of calmness which facilitate this are dense with organic matter and low with technological communications. If churches were once the go-to safe-haven for the mind, perhaps urban green space is a substitute in a secular and multi-faith UK.

Performances of ‘The Verbatim GREEN_SPACE Play’ in association with Stream-Lyric will take place on June 3rd and 4th at WestRaven Big Local and The Green Backyard respectively. Keep up-to-date on www.streamlyric.co.uk / @stream_lyric / @StreamLyric

Written by Tamsin Flower, writer and theatre director.