The cost of energy bills will continue to have an impact on many household budgets. To help ensure you receive as much support as possible, we’ve pulled together some information on the schemes you may be eligible for.
Contact your energy supplier
If you're unsure which energy tariff you're on, you should contact your energy supplier to see if you’re on their cheapest one.
You should also contact your energy supplier as soon as possible if you’re worried about falling into energy debt. They are required to work with you to find a solution if they know there is a problem, including helping you to set up an affordable repayment plan.
There are several schemes and payments that you may be eligible for which could help reduce your bills this winter. Take a look at the:
Winter Fuel Payment
If you were born on or before 26 September 1955, you could get between £250 and £600 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’. For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment.
Please note that the deadline to make a claim for the winter 2023 to 2024 period is 31 March 2024.
Cold Weather Payment
If the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below over seven consecutive days, you may be able to claim a Cold Weather Payment from the government.
Find out more about the Cold Weather Payment here.
Cost of living payments
You may be eligible for extra payments to help with the cost of living if you’re entitled to certain benefits or tax credits. You do not need to apply. If you’re eligible, you’ll be paid automatically in the same way you usually get your benefit or tax credits. This includes if you’re found to be eligible at a later date.
For more information visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/cost-of-living-payment.
Horsham District Warm Spaces is a project that has been set up by Horsham Matters, following the rising cost of energy prices and the growing cost of living.
Supported by Horsham District Council, Horsham Churches Together and other local partners, the aim is to create warm spaces for those who are struggling to heat their homes over the winter period. Anyone is welcome to attend, and there will be free tea and coffee at most venues. Find out more on their website.
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