You may be able to get extra help with your energy costs from payments and schemes run by the UK government or regional governments. The government have a grants calculator to help you find out what is available for your situation.
Cold Weather Payment
When a winter has been particularly cold (if there are temperatures of 0°C or lower for seven days in a row), the UK government makes a weekly payment of £25 to people who receive certain benefits. Cold Weather Payments will automatically be made on top of your usual benefits.
Winter Fuel Payment
This is a UK government scheme to help older people keep warm during winter. You could get this extra payment if you were born on or before the 5th May 1953 (the date changes every year). The amount you receive depends on your individual circumstances, such as whether you live with another qualifying person and how old they are.
Warm Home Discount (England, Scotland and Wales only)
The Warm Home Discount is a UK government policy that gives certain people a discount on electricity bills.
- The payment is made by your electricity supplier.
- It helps vulnerable customers and people on a low income to heat and insulate their homes.
- All the major energy suppliers are required to make this payment, and some smaller suppliers may offer it.
Some people automatically qualify for the Warm Home Discount, including people who get certain benefits. If you are affected by cancer you may be able to get the discount, but you will need to apply for it. Whether you get the discount will depend on your circumstances and which energy supplier you are with.
To apply, contact your electricity supplier. If you cannot get the discount under your supplier’s scheme or if they don’t offer the Warm Home Discount, you could consider switching to another supplier.
To find out more, call 0345 603 9439.