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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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