Since the huge energy price hike back in April, many households are concerned about being about to afford their future energy bills. Everywhere you look, there are no good deals. Even switching suppliers has become pointless because no one can offer cheap energy deals anymore.
There are a number of Government schemes designed to support households that are struggling to pay their bills. They all have different criteria, which we will outline for you here so that you can be made aware of any potential help you could apply for.
The information provided is correct at the time of writing.
If you were born on or before 25 September 1956 you could get between £250 and £600 to help you pay your heating bills. You will automatically receive this payment if you were born before on or before this date and either get the State Pension or get another social security benefit.
Payments are automatically made in November or December, and you do not need to claim again if you’ve received the payment before.
A support scheme for Welsh households that have immediate living cost pressures. You must apply for this scheme and may receive an annual £200 payment if you meet the criteria. The scheme is open to households where one working age person is in receipt of means-tested welfare benefits. To be eligible, you must be responsible for paying the fuel bills at your primary property.
Households who pay for their fuel off-grid are not eligible.
You may be eligible for a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest. This scheme gives you a £25 payment for every 7 days of very cold weather between the months of November and March.
You’ll only get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as (or forecast to be) zero degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.
The Warm Home Discount is a reduction on your electricity or gas bill that is awarded if you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit or you’re on a low income and meet your energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme. You must contact your energy supplier about the discount and could be given up to £140 off your bill. This discount may be taken off any one bill between October and March, depending on when you contact your supplier and are awarded the discount.
Contact your local council to find out more about this scheme, which you may be eligible for this winter. This is a funding package to help vulnerable households during the colder months and may offer around £200 assistance.
An annual payment each winter that helps families with disabled children and young people under 19 years of age. For winter 2022-2023, the payment is £214.10. It’s available to households in Scotland.
Whilst the current cost of living crisis and rise in energy bills is a serious concern for many, there are also a number of things around your house you can do to keep your costs down.
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