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Energy Price Guarantee 

From 1st October, a new 'Energy Price Guarantee' will reduce the unit cost of electricity and gas for UK households. This is automatic and applies to all households. Beware of scams - there is no need to apply and you will never be asked for bank details.

This is in addition to the £400 energy bills discount for all households.

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Energy Bills Support Scheme 

£400 off energy bills for households in Great Britain from this October. This automatic, non-repayable discount will be applied in six instalments between October 2022 and March 2023 to help households through winter.

There is no need to apply for the scheme and you will not be asked for your bank details.

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Support and guidance with your energy bills and supplier

Visit Ofgem for more information

 

Cost of Living Payment

Households on means tested benefits, including Universal Credit, Pension Credit and Tax Credits, will receive a payment of £650 this year, paid automatically in two instalments.

The first payment of £326 was made in summer. The second payment of £324 will be made by DWP to eligible customers between 8 and 23 November, and by HMRC between 23 and 30 November (to customers receiving tax credits only and no other eligible DWP benefits). 

This is in addition to the £400 discount on energy bills

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Disability Cost of Living Payment

Individuals on disability benefits will receive a one-off £150 payment in September to help with extra costs, such as for specialist equipment or transport.

This is in addition to the £650 Cost of Living Payment for disabled people who also receive means tested benefits.

Check if you're eligible for the Disability Cost of Living Payment

 

Pensioner Cost of Living Payment

In the winter months pensioners can get between £100 and £300 to help pay heating bills.

This winter, they will also receive an extra one-off £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, which will be paid as an automatic top-up to the Winter Fuel Payment


Check if you're eligible for the Pensioner Cost of Living Payment

 

Winter fuel payments

In the winter months pensioners can get between £100 and £300 to help pay heating bills.

This winter, they will also receive an extra one-off £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, which will be paid as an automatic top-up to the Winter Fuel Payment. 

Check if you're eligible for the Winter Fuel Payment

 

Cold weather payments

£25 extra a week if you're getting certain benefits is available during the winter when the temperature is zero or below for more than seven days.

Check if you're eligible

 

Improving energy efficiency in your home

Use our calculator to find ways to save energy in your home

 

Warm Home Discount

This autumn nearly three million low-income households are eligible for a £150 rebate on their winter electricity bills.

Check with your energy supplier to see if you are eligible

 

0% VAT on energy saving materials

It will be cheaper for you to install energy saving materials such as thermal insulation or solar panels with 0% VAT for the next five years, helping to improve energy efficiency in your home and keep heating bills down.

Find ways to save energy in your home

 

Help to Heat 

You may be eligible for grants to improve the energy efficiency of your home, which could help to reduce your energy bills. Government is investing in energy efficiency schemes which are being delivered by local authorities.

Find energy grants for your home

The Money Helper service provides free, confidential and impartial help tailored to individual needs.

Use the Money Helper service

 

Find out what benefits and financial support you may be able to get

Use the government's online tool to find out what support you might be able to get to help with your living costs. You can get benefits and other financial support if you're eligible.

Check what benefits and financial support you can get


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This page was last updated on 1 November 2022

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