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Charis Grants

Charis administers charitable funds on behalf of a number of energy providers.

They include:

  • British Gas
  • EDF Energy
  • nPower
  • First Utility
  • Sottish Power

Their schemes provide financial assistance towards paying for bills and other essential household items.

It also administers similar schemes for South West Water, Anglian Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water as well North Yorkshire County Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.

Application forms can be downloaded from the Charis website. 

To apply for support you usually have to be a current domestic account holder.


Cold Weather Payment

The Cold Weather Payment is paid if you receive certain benefits.

It is made when your local temperature is either recorded or forecast to be be an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.

This applies to the period 1st November to 31st March

£25 is paid for each 7 day period.

EDF Energy Trust

The EDF Energy Trust assists with grants to help clean gas and/or electricity debt owed to EDF Energy and other suppliers.

Copies of recent bills will be required.

It is also able to help in the purchase of energy efficient white goods and cookers where a special need for the item is confirmed by a social worker or advice worker.

Applications are only accepted by current domestic accounts holders at EDF Energy.

To apply: download the online application form.


Energy Help

Energy suppliers are obliged to offer a Priority Services Register to its vulnerable customers. This includes consumers who have a disability, a visual or hearing impairment, long term ill health or over pensionable age.

It provides free services such as priority reconnection after power cuts, regular meter readings if you’re unable to do it yourself, and bills provided in large print and Braille if required.

To find out about these services contact your existing energy supplier.

For those in receipt of certain benefits including Disability Living Allowance you should automatically receive a Cold Weather Payment if there is prolonged cold weather.  Older people will receive a Winter Fuel Payment.

If you require electricity for essential medical equipment including electric beds and hoists the supplier has to give you advance notice of any disruption to your supply.

The Energy Saving Trust

The Energy Saving Trust is a comprehensive website providing information on grants and energy saving tips for the whole of the UK.

Divided into the four regional areas you can undertake an on-line search to find out what help you can get to to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

It's easy to use as the search is made through your postcode. However, do remember to select your regional tab at the top of the page as schemes and condtions do vary around the country.



E.on are able to help their customers on low income with energy saving home improvements.

This may include a replacement boiler, loft or cavity wall insulation.

You may be eligible if:

  • You claim certain income related benefits
  • You own your home or rent from a private landlord
  • Your boiler is more than 5 years old and it's broken or not working properly

To apply:  complete the simple application form.


Warm Home Discount Scheme

Under Warm Home Discount Scheme social tariffs will be phased out and two separate groups will be offered a credit of £140 a year. The groups will include:

  • Pensioners receiving the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit
  • Customers in vulnerable groups such as those on low income, disability or a child under 5 or a child with a disability.

Pensioners in the first group will qualify automatically.

Eligibility for the second group will vary between energy suppliers with some being more generous than others.  They will need to apply for the credit.

All six big energy suppliers are taking part in the scheme

British Gas, Eon, N.Power, Scottish Power, Southern Energy, and EDF

Including some smaller suppliers, Atlantic, Equipower, Equigas, Manweb, M&S Energy, Sainsbury's Energy, Scottish Gas, Scottish Hydro, SSE, Swalec and Utility Warehouse.

It is recommended that you check with your supplier as soon as possible.

The discount will not affect Cold Weather Payments or Winter Fuel Payments.


Winter Fuel Payment

If you were born before 1952 you may be eligible for a Winter Fuel Payment.

The payment is between £100 and £300 depending on your individual circumstances.

If you receive state pension or another social security benefit (but not housing benefit, Council Tax reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit) the payments will be made automatically.

If you do not receive a payment and you think you qualify you will need to make a claim.

The Winter Fuel Payment does not affect other benefits and is tax free.

See Also....

Help with Fuel Bills and Keeping Warm - free guide from Contact a Family

Home Energy Scotland

Check out the other pages…….

Disabled Facilities Grant

Grants for Housing - General Grants

Grants for Household Items

Gardening Grants for the Disabled

Additional Help


Additional Needs

Grants for Disabled Children

Additional Help for Additional Needs

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