Energy bills continue to climb as of today, with households facing increases of £700 on average, but the good news is that those really struggling to pay can claim hundreds of pounds’ worth of grants
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households opposite rising energy costs can still shave hundreds of pounds off their bills by reaching out to their community or energy company.
Households are facing a staggering increase in energy bills starting today as the maximum amount businesses can charge off standard tariffs is Average increase of £693 .
Unfortunately, most of the major energy systems that offer money on bills closed yesterday.
These include Warm Home Discount, Winter Fuel Payments, and Cold Weather Payments, but these will reopen in the fall.
British Gas also had a grant scheme open to all UK households, not just its own customers, but that too was closed.
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However, help is still available to make energy bills more manageable, ranging from government money to energy bill rebates.
These are the options still open to people struggling with their energy bills.
Payments of up to £200 from the Household Support Fund
Families struggling with bills, not just energy, can apply for help through the Home Support Fund.
This is a pot of government money recently increased by Chancellor Rishi Sunak from £500million to £1billion in his spring statement earlier this month .
It’s actually controlled by local councils, and how much you get is a zip code lottery.
The government has given each council the power to decide who is eligible and how much they get.
For example, some communities give cash, others instead give out vouchers that can be spent in supermarkets.
Some councils have made payments of up to £200.
You must apply for the Budget Support Fund on your local government website.
You can use this tool to find your municipality’s website.
Cash grants from your energy company
Many energy companies also have cash available to help people struggling with bills.
British Gas, Bulb, Eon, EDF, Scottish Power, Octopus and Ovo offer grants to their customers.
British Gas, for example, gives grants of between £250 and £750 to eligible individuals.
You can apply for these grants on the websites of these companies.
However, you must provide evidence of your financial situation.
British Gas requires you to have less than £1,000 in the bank and at least £250-£750 in energy debt.
Some go one step further.
If you work at Eon or EDF you will need to show that you have previously spoken to a financial adviser who is licensed by the Financial Conduct Authority.
£150 council tax rebate to help with energy bills
The government is giving away millions of apartments £150 off their council tax bills from April to cover energy costs.
The rebate applies to homes in council tax brackets A, B, C or D in England and Wales – around 80% of property – but not to those living in council tax brackets E, F, G and H (or even I). in Wales).
Residents of Scotland are also entitled to a £150 reduction if they are in bands A to D – but they will also qualify if they currently also receive a council tax reduction.
If you pay the council tax by direct debit, you will receive this cash automatically.
If you’re not paying by direct debit, you’ll need to manually apply for the discount through your local authority’s website.
£200 utility bill loan
The government also gives everyone a home £200 off their energy bills this year .
You do not have to apply and you cannot unsubscribe.
However, this is a loan and not a grant. Each home will have to pay back the £200 in higher energy bills for years to come.
Talk to your energy company if you’re still having trouble
If your energy bill is too high, speak to your utility company.
All energy companies must agree to a payment plan that you can afford if you’re worried about paying your energy bills.
Options you can request include a review of your payments or repayments, payment pauses or reductions, more payment deadlines, or access to the hardship funds above.
Apply for other local grants
Depending on where you live, you may be eligible for other help from local organizations.
This can be in the form of money from insulation, for example, which reduces energy costs.
You can find out if you meet the criteria by entering your zip code in this online tool .
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