E.ON, E.ON Next, Octopus Energy and Ovo Energy are offering hundreds of dollars in cash
The energy price cap is expected to rise from £1,971 today to around £3,582 in October and then hit more than £4,200 in January, so now is the time to see if you can get extra help.
Some suppliers are offering cash grants to households who can receive up to £1,500 from the British Gas Energy Trust to help pay their bills. Debt relief is available to both British Gas customers and customers of other energy companies.
Listed is the range of grants available from energy suppliers for those struggling to pay their energy bills.
Which energy suppliers offer subsidies for paying energy bills?
Scottish Power is paying up to £750 in grants to help its customers pay their energy debts.
Bulb has previously offered its customers £140 in grants to help with rising bills.
E.ON, E.ON Next, Octopus Energy and Ovo Energy also offer grants worth several hundred.
You’ll need to contact your supplier directly to find out what they offer, the eligibility requirements, and how much you can get.
If you don’t know who your supplier is, you can find out on-line.
British Gas Energy Support Fund
Applications for this fund are open and you do not have to be a British Gas customer to apply. The household could receive a grant worth up to £1,500 to help with energy bills.
To be considered for a scholarship, you must meet all of the following criteria:
- They live in England, Scotland or Wales
- You have not received a grant from the British Gas Energy Trust in the last two years
- You must be applying for a grant to pay an outstanding debt on a current or open gas, electricity or dual-fuel energy account in your name, or be a member of that household, and the energy account must relate to your primary residence
- You have electricity and/or gas debts
- You must be in or facing energy poverty
- You have received help from a money advice center
To support your application, you must show that you have received money advice within the past three months. You will also need proof of your current household income.
British Gas customers will also need a current meter reading unless they have a smart meter.
Bulb Energy Fund
Applicants are not open to this, but depending on your circumstances, Bulb may be able to offer you a £140 grant to help cover your energy costs.
The company may also offer to write off up to £2,000 of your energy debt and provide you with an energy efficient appliance.
To be eligible for this program, you must meet some of the following criteria:
- You are in financial difficulties
- You or someone you live with has a disability or long-term health problem
- You pay for your energy by charging your meter
- You have over £150 in energy debt but can pay for your ongoing energy use
- You have one or more important devices that are either defective or older than 12 years
Bulb is expected to start submitting applications for the 2022/23 program soon.
Applicants are open and customers of both E.ON and E.ON next can apply for cash grants to help with energy costs.
E.ON has no set eligibility criteria, but the fund aims to help as many people as possible.
Applications from those with the greatest needs will be prioritized.
To complete your application, you must know your energy account number and provide a current meter reading.
Depending on your circumstances, you will be asked to provide the following evidence:
- Proof of all household income for you and everyone living with you for the current tax year
- All Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) pages detailing your benefit entitlement and amounts payable for the current tax year
- Pension statements for state or private pensions
- Medical certificate from the organization that transferred the fund to you, or a DS1500 medical form, or a medical certificate from a consultant or your doctor
- Proof of a budget sheet issued to you when you received professional money advice from the FCA-approved agency. The budget sheet must be dated within the last four weeks and on paper with company header
EDF Customer Support Fund
Applicants are open and to receive EDF’s cash grant you must first register for the priority services.
Once you have done this and the company has assessed your circumstances, you can apply for an energy grant.
You will need to have your EDF account number and current energy debt balances ready – along with details of your household finances and vulnerability.
Octopus Energy Assist Fund
Applicants are not currently open, but Octopus encourages all customers to get in touch if you are struggling with your bills.
Octopus Energy has previously offered a range of support options based on circumstances and needs, including access to existing programs, financial support from the company’s fund, or loaning a thermal imaging camera to help find heat leaks in the home.
Applications will open in September. However, you can express your interest and you will be notified when applications are likely to be opened.
OVO Energy will soon be working with Charis to support household customers in need through the Charis Let’s Talk Energy Fund.
Scottish Power Hardship Fund
Applications are currently open. Customers could get grants of up to £750 from Scottish Power to help cover their energy bills.
You could qualify for help from the Scottish Power Hardship Fund if you receive any of the following benefits:
- social care
- unemployment benefit
- pension credit
- Employment and Support Allowance
If you think you are eligible for the cash stipend, you can apply online and should receive a response within five working days.
Is there any other help?
The household support fund has been expanded to help families with the rising cost of living. For example, Blackpool residents can receive up to £300 depending on their circumstances.
To find out what support is available in your area, you can contact your local authority.
Cold weather payments of up to £25 a day will also be offered when temperatures drop below zero for low-income households. This help could include cash grants to pay bills or cover grocery expenses.
The amount of assistance you receive depends on where you live.
Payment is made automatically, including to Universal Borrowers, for each seven-day period of low temperature between November 1st and March 31st.
Anyone receiving the state pension should also receive £100 worth of winter fuel payments.
Winter fuel payments are a tax-free payment that comes from the government each year. It’s worth between £100 and £300.