All UK households will get a grant which will reduce energy bills by £400 from October.
- the discount will be made automatically by your energy supplier
- there is no need to apply
Over the course of six months from October;
- direct debit
- and credit customers
will have the money credited to their account.
Customers with pre-payment meters will have the money applied to their meter or paid via a voucher.
What additional help will people on benefits get?
A £650 payment will be made to more than eight million low-income households who receive
- Universal Credit
- tax credits
- pension credit
- and other means-tested benefits
This will be an automatic payment into bank accounts.
It comes in two instalments - the first in July and the second sometime in autumn. Payments for those on tax credits only will follow shortly afterwards.
Those on disability benefits will receive £150 in September, which may be on top of the £650 payment, because in many cases they have higher energy use.
Anyone receiving the following benefits will be entitled to the extra £150:
- Disability Living Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Armed Forces Independence Payment,
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- and War Pension Mobility Supplement
What extra help will pensioners get for winter fuel bills?
Households that receive the Winter Fuel Payment will receive an additional £300 in November or December.
Lower-income pensioners who claim pension credit, will receive the money in addition to the £650 support for those on benefits which is mentioned above.
A small group of pensioners with disabilities will receive a total of £1,500 when all the new payments and discounts they are eligible for are added up.