Cost of living support for rising energy costs


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.

Find out more on the Government website

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