The British Government to provide £400 Energy Bills Discount to households this winter
- Households to start receiving £400 off their energy bills from October, with the discount made in 6 instalments to help families throughout the winter period
- Government confirms today important details of the Energy Bills Support Scheme, which will provide energy bill discounts to 29 million households across Great Britain
- Today’s announcement comes as the government launches a new online one stop shop setting out ways homeowners can help to heat their properties as part of wider Help for Households campaign
What Does this Mean?
A large number of families across Great Britain will get non-repayable limits on their energy charges this colder time of year, as the UK government today (29 July 2022) sets out additional subtleties of the Energy Bills Support Scheme.
The £400 rebate, directed by energy providers, will be paid to customers more than a half year with installments beginning from October 2022, to guarantee families get monetary help all through the cold weather months.
Those with a homegrown power meter point paying for their energy by means of standard credit, installment card and direct charge will get a programmed derivation to their bills over the half year time frame - totalling £400.
Customary prepayment meter clients will be given Energy Bill markdown vouchers from the principal seven day stretch of every month, gave through SMS text, email or post, utilizing the client's enlisted contact subtleties. These clients should make a move to reclaim these at their standard top-up point, for example, their closest neighborhood PayPoint or Post Office branch.
In all cases, no family ought to be requested bank subtleties anytime. MPs are encouraging purchasers to remain caution of expected tricks and report these to the applicable specialists where they are thought.
Households will see a discount of £66 applied to their energy bills in October and November, rising to £67 each month from December through to March 2023. The non-repayable discount will be provided on a monthly basis regardless of whether consumers pay monthly, quarterly or have an associated payment card.
This means that where a person’s housing circumstances change during the 6-month period, such as those leaving or moving home, they will still benefit from the relevant portion of the total £400.
This also applies to students and other tenants renting properties with domestic electricity contracts from landlords where fixed energy costs are included in their rental charges. In these circumstances, landlords who resell energy to their tenants should pass the discounted payments on appropriately, in line with Ofgem rules to protect tenants.
As part of this package, we are confirming today that further funding will be available to provide equivalent support of £400 for energy bills for the 1% of households who will not be reached through the EBSS. This includes those who do not have a domestic electricity meter or a direct relationship with an energy supplier, such as park home residents. An announcement with details on how and when these households across Great Britain can access this support will be made this Autumn.