If you are on benefits such as Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit you might quality for government assistance with your energy bills. Here are 4 benefits and assistance which are available from the government.
1. Winter Fuel Payments
If you were born before 26 September 1955 you might be able to claim Winter Fuel Payments. This is a payment from £100 to £300 pound which the government gives you to help towards your heating bills. You should be receiving this payment automatically, and do not have to apply. If you are not receiving this and would like to claim, go here: Winter Fuel Payments.
2. Cold Weather Payments
If you are on certain benefits (not all benefits), you will receive payment of £25 for every consecutive 7 days that the temperature is recorded below zero, or forecasted to be below zero in your local area.
If you would like to know who qualifies for Cold Weather Payments, go here: Cold Weather Payments.
3. Warm Home Discount Scheme
The government gives you £140 off your electricity bill under the Warm Home Discount Scheme, if you qualify. So, you could qualify for this scheme in the winter. The starting date for the scheme is 18th October 2021.
This is a single payment as a discount towards your electric bill. You could get a discount for your gas bill instead, if you use the same supplier for gas and electric. Get more information, here: Warm Home Discount Scheme.
4. Green Homes Grant
The government offers the Green Homes Grant so you can make improvements to your home and make it more energy efficient. For more detail, go here: Green Homes Grant.
If you want to reduce your energy bill read our article: How To Reduce Energy Bills.
If you are struggling with your energy bill, go to Ofgem: Getting Help If You Can’t Afford Your Energy Bill.