Raising the energy price cap: can pensioners get help with their energy bills?

That new energy price ceiling went into effect today as families across the country were urged to take photos of their meter readings.

The new cap means a typical UK household will not spend more than £2500 a year. However, households that use a lot of gas and electricity will have higher costs.

There are different types of government support for those struggling to pay their bills, but what support is available to retirees?

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Do pensioners get help with their energy bills?

If you were born on or before 25 September 1956 you could be paid between £250 and £600 to help pay for your heating bills. This is a government subsidy program known as the Winter Fuel Payment.

The amount you receive includes a “pensioner’s cost-of-living supplement”.

This is a payment between £150 and £300. You will only receive this extra amount in winter 2022 to 2023.

This is in addition to any living expenses you receive with your benefit or tax credits.

You’ll receive your Winter Fuel Payment automatically (no need to apply) if you’re eligible and either:

  • get the state pension
  • receive another social security benefit (excluding an adult disability benefit from the Scottish Government, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Relief, child benefit or Universal Credit)

According to gov.uk, If you don’t receive any of these, or if you live abroad, you may need to apply to receive payment.

If you’ve already had a winter fuel payment, you don’t have to apply for it again unless you’ve deferred your state pension or moved abroad.

The application deadline for winter 2022 to 2023 is March 31, 2023.

What government support is there for energy bills?

If you are struggling with rising energy costs, government support is available.

Households will start receiving money off their energy bills from October, with the rebate coming in six installments.

A rebate of £66 will be applied to energy bills in October and November, increasing to £67 each month from December to March 2023.

Other government support includes a one-off living cost payment of £650 for around eight million households for means-tested benefits.

You can see the full list of government assistance available in our explainer here.

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