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Energy Saving Grants
Charis administers charitable funds on behalf of a number of energy providers.
- British Gas
- EDF Energy
- 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 but
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 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.
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.
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