British Gas energy grant: who is eligible for £1,500 off bills?

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British Gas customers could save an amount on their energy bills through a debt and hardship fund. What is the eligibility and how to apply

Thousands of British Gas customers are being warned they may be eligible for an energy payment support grant.

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Money saving expert Martin Lewis has warned energy bills could rise by a further £1,000 this winter as the public continues to battle the cost of living crisis.

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Cornwall Insights experts predict Ofgem’s energy price cap, which sets a limit on the tariffs a supplier can charge for each unit of gas and electricity consumed, will rise to £2,980 in October 2022 before rising to £3,000 in January 2023 will reach.

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While the government has confirmed that every home in England, Scotland and Wales can benefit from a larger £15bn cost of living package.

However, thousands of British Gas customers could be eligible for a grant to help them pay their energy bills.

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Who is eligible for the grant?

The British Gas Energy Trust offers grants of up to £1,500 for customers with energy debts between £250 and £750.

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Check the following criteria to see if you qualify:

  • They live in England, Scotland or Wales
  • You have not received a grant from the British Gas Energy Trust in the last 2 years
  • You must apply for a grant to pay an outstanding debt on a current or open gas, electric, or dual-fuel energy account on your behalf, or be a member of that household. The energy account must relate to your main residence
  • You have electricity and/or gas debts
  • You have no savings over £1,000
  • You have received help from a money advice center

How to apply for the grant

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To apply for the grant, British Gas customers need the following:

  • Proof of money advice received in the last three months – only finance individuals and families
  • Proof of all household income – including three new consecutive pay stubs or benefit statements less than a year old
  • A meter reading for your gas and/or electricity account – if you are a British Gas customer – or your most recent gas and electricity bill

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