The Government has announced that the Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Fund is now open for constituents to apply. From 27th February 2023, 900,000 more households across England, Scotland and Wales will benefit from the government’s £400 help with energy bills.
The launch of this scheme follows months of close work with stakeholders across the country to deliver the government’s help for households with the cost of living. The alternative funding route is the latest in a range of targeted measures which are covering around half of a typical household’s energy bills.
To roll out this support as quickly as possible to those who need it, the payment will be provided directly into people’s bank accounts. Over £7.2 billion has been provided so far to 97% of households across England, Scotland, and Wales through monthly instalments, which most households receive automatically in the same way they pay these bills.
The alternative funding route is designed to make sure the same level of support reaches those without a direct relationship to an electricity supplier, such as those living in park homes and care homes. It’s also available for households who get their energy through a commercial contract or who are off-grid.
Households without a direct relationship to an electricity supplier can now apply via a secure online portal to receive the support as a one-off, non-repayable lump sum under the ‘alternative funding’ route of the government’s Energy Bills Support Scheme (EBSS AF). For those without online access, a dedicated customer helpline is available to assist eligible customers.
Great Britain – 0808 1753 287 Northern Ireland – 0808 1753 894
For further information and to check your eligibility for this funding, please click the following weblink: https://www.gov.uk/apply-energy-bill-support-if-not-automatic