Energy bills are rising by an average of £693 in April in another blow to households facing a growing cost of living crisis – so what help can you get ? Join us directly to find out
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Electricity and gas bills are rising another £693 in April in a tip of the iceberg for households already struggling with rising food, utility and housing costs.
It means you will have to get even smarter when it comes to making money in the end.
One way to do this is to make sure you’re getting the most competitive pricing plans for your household – and another is to make sure you get all the support you need.
Today is #NationsBiggestHousewarming awareness day – and it’s more important than ever.
It’s all about helping charities raise important funds to support people living in poverty.
With the energy crisis likely to plunge another 1.5 million households into poverty, it has never been more important.
The purpose is to provide life-changing energy advice and to ensure people receive the help and support they are entitled to.
To mark that, host a live Q&A session on Thursday, answering all your questions about energy bill support.
Mirror’s Graham Hiscott will feature Matt Copeland from National Energy Action – the campaigners behind the initiative.
To participate, join us live on The Mirror’s Facebook Page at 1 p.m. Thursday, where we’ll answer all of your questions.
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Ours Cost of living The team of professionals is here to help YOU get through a very difficult year.
They will bring you the latest money news stories and also provide expert advice.
Whether it’s rising energy bills, weekly shopping costs or rising taxes, our team is there for you.
Every Thursday at 1 p.m. they’ll join a Facebook Live event to answer your questions and offer their advice. Visit facebook.com/dailymirror/live to watch. You can read more about team of experts here.
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Sarah Coles at Hargreaves Lansdown explains: “At this time of year, with energy bills soaring for so many of us, it’s essential to get whatever help you are entitled to. ,” explains Sarah Coles at Hargreaves Lansdown.
“Some of these benefits will automatically come to you if you are entitled to them, such as the Cold Weather Payment and the Winter Fuel Allowance.
“However, if you are eligible for the Warm Home Discount, you will need to apply. How that works will depend on how you qualify.
“If you get the guaranteed element of a pension credit, you will receive a letter telling you how to apply. If you are on a low income, you should contact your energy company to find out if you qualify and how to apply.
“Don’t assume you won’t get any help, get in touch and see what help is available.”
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Winter fuel payment
Winter fuel payment can get you between £100 and £300 for gas and electricity help in a snap.
It’s a tax-free payment made by the UK Government to help pensioners cover their energy.
If you were born on or before September 26, 2995, you may be eligible – meaning you receive a state pension or another benefit (not Housing Allowance, Council Tax Relief, Benefits Child benefit or General Credit ).
The program covers the period from November to December every year.
Cold weather payment
ONE Cold weather payment £25, which you can get multiple times, is taken from early November and throughout the winter months.
The money will go to low-income people receiving qualifying benefits, such as pension credits or certain employment benefits, when temperatures drop below 0°C in the region. they live.
Payments are enabled by data collected by Met Office from 94 weather stations across the UK.
The scheme is implemented annually from November 1 to March 31 every year.
If you qualify, you’ll receive £25 a week payout for each seven-day cold spell you experience.
Contact the Winter Fuel Billing helpline on 0800 731 0160. Check your zip code for Cold Weather Billing. this.
Warm house discount
You can get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2021-2022 by Warm house discount Plan.
This isn’t pay-to-pay – it’s a one-time discount on your electricity bill, between October and March.
The amount will be paid if you get the Guaranteed Credit element of Pension Credit – known as the ‘core group’ or if you are on a low income and meet the energy provider’s criteria for program – known as the ‘broader group’.
Your electricity provider will apply the discount to your bill by March 31, 2022.
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