Help with energy bills – full list of payments available

Complete list of payments due to land in bank accounts from September 2022 to March 2023

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With energy bills set to soar and public outrage mounting, a government campaign to tackle the cost of living crisis and distribute financial aid to struggling households is underway.

As part of a £15bn package, the DWP has already paid more than seven million households a half crisis payment of £650, with the second installment arriving in bank accounts in the past few months. next two days.

Other payments are expected to filter to different households from September to March next year, depending on eligibility, so it’s handy to know what help could be in store for you.

Here’s a full breakdown of the different payments and programs in action as winter approaches.

Cost of living payment

The cost of living payment is available to people living in low-income households who receive certain benefits or means-tested assistance such as universal credit, pension credit, income support, tax credit for children or the working tax credit.

To receive it, you must have applied for one of these benefits between April 26 and May 25 of this year, or started a successful application during this time.

How much will I get: £650, paid in two instalments, if eligible

When will I get it: The first installment of £326 was paid in the second half of July, with second payments of £324 starting to trickle in this week. Don’t panic if you haven’t received yours yet, it should be with you within the next week.

Assistance scheme for energy bills

Every UK household is set to receive £400 from the government towards their electricity bill between October 2022 and March 2023.

It will be paid in six installments – two installments of £66 in October and November, four installments of £67 in December, January, February and March.

Depending on your provider, the money will either go to your bank account or reduce your direct debit each month.

How much will I get: £400, in six installments from October

When will I get it: Declining payments in October, November, December, January, February and March. If the money does not arrive, contact your energy supplier.

Household Support Fund

The Household Support Fund allows elderly and vulnerable people to claim free financial assistance for essential items such as clothing, food and utility bills.

The £500m government grant will be given to councils across England who will then be distributed according to their own criteria.

For example, some local authorities have used it to provide elderly and vulnerable households with £125 supermarket vouchers.

Devolved administrations will receive up to £79m of it – £41m for the Scottish Government, £25m for the Welsh Government and £14m for the Northern Ireland Executive.

If you think you might qualify for help from the Household Support Fund, you must apply to your local authority today (30 September) to meet the deadline.

How much will I get: It depends on how your local council chooses to distribute the money, but you can get a supermarket or ‘winter support’ voucher

When will I get it: Payments and vouchers start filtering from today (September 30).

Payment of cost of living for retirees

This extra £300 boost will be paid out as a ‘top-up’ to people who qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment (WFP) 2022/23.

It is only paid per household, so a couple, for example, would only be eligible for one payment.

To be eligible for the MAP and the £300 top-up, you must have been born on or before September 25, 1956 and have lived in the UK for at least one day from September 19 to September 25, 2022.

How much will I get: £300

When will I get it: This payment should arrive in November or December

Payment of the cost of living in the event of disability

People receiving disability benefits such as the Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance will receive a one-off payment of £150 to help cover living costs.

You must have received payment, or later receive payment, of one of the qualifying benefits by May 25, 2022 to qualify.

How much will I get: £150

When will I get it: Most recipients will receive this payment in early October after the money is released on September 20.

The average household bill is set to rise from £1,971 to a frozen cap of £2,500 under the Energy Price Guarantee, which was announced by new Prime Minister Liz Truss earlier this month.

This is a 27% increase from the previous cap, which limited the rate that energy companies can charge customers on a standard variable tariff.

Some have called the program misleading because the cap is per unit of energy, not per bill.

Although the energy price guarantee limits the price that suppliers can charge their customers for units of energy, the savings a consumer realizes will still depend on usage.

How much will I get: Based on current October prices, the government said on average households would save around £1,000.

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