Help paying energy bills
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