More households to get £200 energy bills payment

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More households who use alternative fuels will be able to get a £200 payment towards their energy bills, as a Government scheme has been expanded. Applicants will have more time to provide evidence they use alternative fuels to get the payment.

The £200 payment is intended for those who use heating oil, LPG, biomass and other alternative fuels at home.

People applying for the funds can now provide receipts as far back as June 2022, rather than September 2022, to show they have used alternative fuels.

The expansion of the timeframe was brought in as many households will have bought fuel ahead of winter price increases with ministers saying they should not be “penalised” for this.

Most alternative fuel users will receive the payment automatically but some who use alternative fuels as their main heating source will need to apply.

Grant Shapps, Energy Security secretary, said: “We have already stepped in and paid half of a typical household energy bill, but we also always want to make sure support gets to those who need it.

“That’s why today we’re again stepping in to make sure those households using heating oil, LPG, biomass and more, can submit receipts for fuel purchases as far back as June 2022, because we recognise many households will have bought ahead of winter.”

A household may be eligible for the Alternative Fuel Payment if their household is not connected to the mains gas grid and if they use alternative fuels as their main form of heating.

A person may not get the payment automatically if their home is in an area which is mainly connected to the gas grid, or if they are not connected to the gas or the electricity grid.

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People can fill in an application on the Government website. They will need to provide these details:

  • An email address or phone number (if they have one)
  • Bank account details
  • Proof they have spent £200 on alternative fuels to heat their home since June 2022. This could be a delivery note or receipt.

Amanda Solloway, minister for Energy Consumers and Affordability, said: “Today we have gone one step further in extending our support to users of heating oil, LPG, biomass and more, to make sure all those in need of assistance with bills are able to access it.

“Most will have got this automatically, but for those needing to apply – if you haven’t done so already, I urge you to put in your application to get the £200 support you’re entitled to.”

The Government also urged Britons to make sure they have received any other means of support they are eligible for to help with energy bills.

This includes the £400 energy bills support scheme, which was paid in monthly instalments over the past six months, ending in March, to all households with a direct energy supply in England, Scotland and Wales.

Many people will have received the funds automatically but those on traditional prepayment meters were sent vouchers, which have to be redeemed at the Post Office or at a PayPoint outlet.

The vouchers only last for three months after they are issued meaning the final ones can only be used until June 30.

The Government provided a similar £400 payment through the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding for those who do not have a domestic energy supply and were not eligible for the other payment.

These households will need to apply on the Government website or by calling the dedicated helpline by May 31.

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