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Energy Bill Discount

£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.

Energy Bills Support Scheme explainer – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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. 

This will be made automatically in two instalments, one in summer and another in the autumn, and is in addition to the £400 discount on energy bills. 

Cost of Living Payment – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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.

Cost of Living Payment – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Pensioner Cost of Living Payment

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

Cost of Living Payment – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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. 

Winter Fuel Payment: Overview – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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.

Cold Weather Payment: Overview – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Warm Home Discount

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

Please check with your own energy supplier for Qualifying criteria, when and how to apply.

 
 
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