The rise in energy prices has been a real concern for a lot of people. You can visit this government web page for up to date information on the main help available.
Energy Bill Discount - Automatic, non-repayable discount on your energy bills for all households in Great Britain from October. This applies in England, Scotland and Wales.
Winter Fuel Payments - The government runs a scheme to help older people pay their energy bills. The amount will be paid automatically into your account. You can find out more on the gov.uk winter fuel payment page.
Cold Weather Payments - If you’re not the right age to receive a Winter Fuel Payment, you may be able to receive Cold Weather Payments instead. These are payments that are made whenever there is a seven-day period of very cold weather. You will only get these payments if you are receiving certain benefits. You don’t have to apply for Cold Weather Payments.
Grants to help with heating costs
In addition to government benefits, many energy companies have trusts or funds to help people who are struggling to pay their gas and electricity bills.
Contact your energy provider to find out if they have a grant-making scheme.
It can be hard to know which benefits are available to you.
There are a number of online benefits calculators that can help you work out what you are entitled to. They include general benefits information. They can also help you find support if you've been financially affected by coronavirus (Covid-19).
Here are a couple online benefits calculators to try:
If your income is low, you live alone, or you are claiming benefits you may be able to get a Council Tax Reduction (sometimes called Council Tax Support).
Housing payments(formerly Housing Benefit) are part of Universal Credit. You can use them to help you pay your rent if you are on a low income. You can still claim Housing Benefit separately in certain circumstances, including being over State Pension age.
If you have a disability and need to make changes to your home so that you can continue to live there you may be able to get a grant from your local council to help you. These can be for things such as installing a stairlift or a downstairs bathroom, for example.
Help with health costs
In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland prescriptions are free for everyone. In England they are free for certain people, including those over 60 and under 16.
If you are on a low income you could get help with health costs such as prescriptions, dental care, fares to appointments, eye tests and glasses.