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Energy Saving Grants
78% of households in fuel poverty contain children, the elderly, or someone with a long-term illness or disability
(DECC Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics, 2016. England. National Statistics)
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.
The 2016 to 2017 Cold Weather Payment scheme is due to start on 1st November 2016.
£25 is paid for each 7 day period.
Warm Home Discount Scheme
The Warm Home Discount Scheme is a one-off discount of £140 on your electricity bill between October and April
For this winter's discount you must have all the following on the 10th July 2016:
- An electricity supplier that is part of the scheme
- Your name (or partner's name) on the bill
- Receiving the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit
Customers in vulnerable groups such as those on low income or on certain means tested benefits may also be able to apply. Eligibility for these customers will vary between energy suppliers with some being more generous than others.
The following suppliers are part in the scheme.
- Bristol Energy
- British Gas
- Co-operative energy
- EDF Energy
- Equipower (Ebico)
- Equigas (Ebico)
- Extra Energy
- First Utility
- GB Energy
- M&S Energy
- Our Power
- Sainsbury’s Energy
- Scottish Gas
- Scottish Hydro
- Southern Electric
- Utility Warehouse
Those who automatically qualify for the scheme should get a letter by 16th December 2016.
If you don't get a letter and you think you qualify get in touch with the Warm Home Discount Scheme Telephone: 0345 6039439
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 on or before 5th May 1953 you may be eligible for a Winter Fuel Payment.
You must also be living in the UK throughout the week of the 19th to 25th September 2016.
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 after 31st March 2017.
The Winter Fuel Payment does not affect other benefits and is tax free.
Home Energy Scotland
Home Energy Scotland have a telephone hotline (run by the Scottish Government) to help you cut your energy bills and stay warm this winter.
It provides advice on draught proofing and insulation of roofs and walls.
It can direct you to grants, discounts and free insulation offers funded by the Scottish Government or energy companies in Scotland.
Contact FREE helpline Telephone: 0800 512 012
Priority Services Register
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.
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 suppliers are prohibited from disconnecting homes occupied by someone on the register from 1st October to 31st March.
They may also provide annual as appliance safety checks for those who own their own home.
To find out about these services contact your existing energy supplier.
Charis administers charitable funds on behalf of a number of energy providers and local authorities.
- British Gas
- EDF Energy
- E.ON Energy Fund
- First Utility
- Scottish Power
- British Energy solutions
- Utility Warehouse
Their schemes provide financial assistance towards paying for bills and other essential household items.
It also administers similar schemes for Anglian Water and Cambridgeshire County Council.
Some of the application forms can be downloaded from the Charis website or you can request a form from their Request line Telephone: 01733 421060
To apply for support you usually have to be a current domestic account holder.
British Gas Energy Trust/Scottish Gas Energy Trust
These trusts supports families and individuals struggling to pay their bills and suffering from fuel poverty.
It awards grants:
- To clear domestic gas/electric debts from British gas and other suppliers
- To buy essential white goods and cookers
- For boiler repairs and replacements
- To help towards funeral arrears
The scheme is open to anyone but you must live in England, Scotland or Wales.
Applications may be made online or you can print an application form from the website.
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: complete the online application form or print a copy to post. Evidence of income and benefits will be required.
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.
npower Energy Fund
The npower Energy Fund helps their domestic customers who are in hardship and struggling with paying their bills.
It is able to award grants to help clear energy bills to enable the customer to take control of their bills in the future.
Applications may be made using the online application form or downloading a form for posting.
Detailed information on your financial situation will be required.
The Fund is managed by Charis Grants.
Scottish Power operate a Hardship Fund to help customers who have difficulty paying their bills.
You need to be in receipt of certain benefits or have a low income.
Applications need to be made through a recognised Debt Advice agency. The scheme is administered by Social Enterprise Direct who will consider any applications.
The Energy Saving Trust
The Energy Saving Trust provides 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.
Their online tools and calculators are useful for ideas on how to use less energy and have lower energy bills.
Schemes and conditions vary around the country.
There is a Scottish Grants and Discounts Database that is straightforward to access.
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