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The Energy Bill Support Scheme

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced an extra £15 billion of support for people dealing with the rising cost of living. Visit GOV.UK - cost of living support factsheet.

The Energy Bills Support Scheme (EBSS) is part of the government's wider support to help households with the cost of living. It's open to all domestic households who use electricity. 

How much will I get?

Every household will receive £400, paid over six-months starting from October 2022. So you will get the following each month:

  • October 2022 - £66
  • November 2022 - £66
  • December 2022 - £67
  • January 2023 - £67
  • February 2023 - £67
  • March 2023 - £67

If your electricity bills are less than £66/67 a month, you will still receive the same amount. You can carry on using the discount to pay your electricity after March 2023, until the £400 is used up.

How do I apply?

You don't need to do anything, as every household will automatically receive the discount. You don't need to repay the discount and it won't affect your credit rating in any way.

How do I receive the discount?

This will depend on how you pay for your energy.

  • Direct Debit customers, will get their discount applied straight to their bank each month, bit like a refund, once your direct debit has being processed. For example if your direct debit is £100, you will pay this as normal. A few days later £66/£67 will be paid into your bank account. If your direct debit is less than £66/£67, for example your bill is £50 a month, you will be given the £50 and the remaining £17 will be applied as credit to your energy account.
  • Cash and Cheque customers, your discount will be applied to your energy account balance each month.

For more information visit GOV.UK - Energy Bills Support Scheme explainer.

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