Help paying energy bills

Warm Home Discount Scheme

You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter. The money is not paid to you. It is a one-off discount on your electricity bill between October 2021 and March 2022. 

Am I eligible for the Warm Home Discount Scheme?

You are eligible if:

  • you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit 
  • you are on a low income and meet your energy supplier's criteria for the scheme 

How do I apply for the Warm Home Discount Scheme?

How you apply depends on how you qualify for the discount.

Visit the GOV.UK website for more information about Warm Home Discount applications

Cold Weather Payment

You will get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below, over 7 consecutive days.

You will get £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.  

Am I eligible for the Cold Weather Payment?

You may get Cold Weather Payments if you are getting:

  • Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Support for Mortgage Interest

How do I apply for the Cold Weather Payment?

You do not need to apply. If you’re eligible to get a Cold Weather Payment, you’ll be paid it automatically.

Visit the GOV.UK website for more information about Cold Weather Payments

Winter Fuel Payment

If you were born on or before 26 September 1955, you could get between £100 and £300 to help pay your heating bills.

Am I eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment?

You are eligible if:

  • you were born on or before 26 September 1955; and
  • you get the State Pension; or
  • you get another social security benefit ( but not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit)

How do I apply for the Winter Fuel Payment?

You usually do not need to claim Winter Fuel Payment - you’ll get it automatically if you’re eligible.

Visit the GOV.UK website for more information about the Winter Fuel Payment

Grants to help pay off your energy debts

If you’re in debt to your energy supplier, you might be able to get a grant to help pay it off. The following energy suppliers offer grants to their customers:

British Gas Energy Trust

Apply for a grant on the British Gas Energy Trust website

These grants are available to anyone - you don’t have to be a British Gas customer.

Scottish Power Hardship Fund

Apply for a grant on the Scottish Power Hardship Fund website

Ovo Energy Fund

Apply for a grant on the Ovo Energy Fund website

E.ON Energy Fund

Apply for a grant on the E.ON Energy Fund website

E.ON Next Energy Fund

Apply for a grant on the E.ON Next Energy Fund website

EDF Energy Customer Support Fund

Apply for a grant on the EDF Energy Customer Support Fund website

Bulb Energy Fund

Apply for a grant on the Bulb Energy Fund website