2022 is set to be a very challenging year for many of us. The cost of living has increased across the board, food prices, fuel prices and energy prices are climbing. To help alleviate this the UK Government have agreed to provide some financial assistance to households across the UK.
In this blog we’ve put together the ‘must know’ information to help you identify what help you will receive. Please be aware this is a developing policy and the information in this blog may be subject to change, we’ll strive to keep it as up to date as possible.
The Energy Bills Support Scheme
The Energy Bills Support Scheme is a £400 rebate on electricity bills for every household in Great Britain.
You do not need to do anything to receive this rebate. It will be paid automatically from your supplier into your electricity account.
It will be paid in 6 separate instalments starting in October 2022.
If you are on a prepayment meter you may be sent vouchers to use to top up with.
If your landlord pays the bills, or you do not receive your energy from a domestic supplier you may not receive this payment.
Low Income Benefits Award
The low-income benefits award is a payment to help those on means-tested benefits. You will receive £650 in 2 separate lump sum payments of £326 and £324.
You will be eligible for the first payment if you were entitled to a payment of the following benefits between 26th April and 25th May 2022. The eligibility period for the second instalment has not yet been decided.
Eligible benefits include: Universal Credit, Income-based Job-Seekers Allowance, Income-related Employment & Support Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit, Child Tax Credits or Working Tax Credits.
The first £326 payment will be awarded from 14th July 2022. It may not be on this date, but alongside a benefit payment you receive after this date. If you only receive Child or Working Tax Credits, the payments may not arrive till later in the year.
The payment date of the second instalment has not yet been decided.
Disability Benefit Award
The Disability Benefit Award is a payment to help those in receipt of non-means tested disability benefits. If you qualify for this award, you will receive a payment of £150. This will be in addition to the Low-Income Benefits Award if you also receive one of those benefits.
Eligible benefits include: Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance (For adults or children), Personal Independence Payment, Adult Disability Payment (Scotland), Child Disability Payment (Scotland), Armed Forced Independence Payment, War Pension Mobility Supplement.
You must have been in receipt of (or later receive a payment for) one of these benefits on 25th of May 2022 to be eligible.
The payment will be made from September 2022.
Winter Fuel Payment Supplement
If you are entitled to the Winter Fuel Payment for 2022-2023 you will receive an extra £300 in addition to your normal payment. This will be in addition to the Low-Income Benefits Award, or the Disability Benefits Award if you are also eligible.
If you have not had your benefits checked within the past 12 months we’re recommend speaking to Citizen’s Advice & Rights Fife to ensure you’re claiming everything you’re entitled to.
You can find out more on their website.
Worried about rising bills?
Cosy Kingdom is a free and impartial energy advice service available to anyone living within Fife. We can provide advice by telephone or during a home visit. If you’d like to speak to one of our advisors you can request a call back here.
We also have more advice on getting through the cost of living crisis in our dedicated blog.