What help does the state provide for energy bills?

According to recent data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), almost half of UK adults are the pay energy bills have said they have difficulty affording them.

In a survey conducted between August 31 and September 11, 48% of adults said they find it “very or somewhat difficult” to afford their energy bills.

However, countless Government support was announced earlier this year to support those hardest hit by the energy crisis.

Here is an overview of all available supports and who is eligible.

State support for energy bills

£400 government rebate

This government scheme every household will get £400 off their electricity bill. This is known as the Energy Bills Support Scheme.

You don’t have to do anything to get the money and you don’t have to pay it back.

From October 2022 you will receive the £400 in 6 installments. You receive:

• £66 in October and November

• £67 in December, January, February and March You’ll receive the rebate monthly, even if you pay for your energy quarterly or use a payment card.

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£150 council tax refund

You can get £150 back from the council to pay your energy bills – this is known as a ‘rebate’.

You get the reduction if you pay council taxes and your home is in council tax brackets A through D. You can find your council tax bracket on your council tax bill or check your council tax bracket on GOV.UK. You only get the reduction if you have to pay council tax for your household. Only one person per household receives the discount.

You will also get the discount if you:

• Receive Council Tax Reduction, including full reduction, and your home is in Zones A through D

• Get the discount for disabled groups and your home is in groups A to E

• are subject to foreigner control and your biometric residence permit says “no use of public funds”.

Warm Home Discount Program

The Warm Home Discount Scheme gives some beneficiaries a £150 rebate on their electricity bill.

You don’t have to apply for the program as payments are automatic.

Check which energy supplier you were with on August 21, 2022. You only get the discount if your supplier participates in the system. For a full list of suppliers see Citizens Advice Center website here.

fuel vouchers

If you’re having trouble topping up your prepaid meter, you may be able to get a fuel voucher.

These are codes that you receive either by letter, SMS or email. Use it to add credit to your fuel card or electricity key. If you don’t have one of these, contact your supplier to get one.

Fuel payment in winter

The flat-rate heating fee is an annual one-off payment that helps you with your heating bills in winter.

You can usually get a winter fuel payment if you were born on or before September 25, 1956.

In November or December, you will automatically receive an additional ‘Retiree Cost-of-Living Allowance’ with your usual winter fuel payment.

You should receive the winter fuel payment automatically once you reach statutory retirement age, but sometimes you may need to apply. You can find out how to do it apply here on the website.

Cold weather payments

Cold Weather Payments are one-time payments that help you pay for extra heating bills when it’s very cold.

You get paid every time the temperature drops below a certain temperature for a set period of time.

You’re only eligible for a cold-weather payment if you’re already receiving:

• Pension credit

• Social care

• income-related unemployment benefit

• Earnings-related Employment and Assistance Allowance

• Universal Credit

• Mortgage Interest Assistance If you qualify, the payment will be automatic

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