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The British Gas Energy Support Fund has this week re-opened applications for grants of up to £1,500 to help customers struggling with their energy bills. But funds are limited, and applications should be made as soon as possible.
British Gas’s charity, the British Gas Energy Trust, operates two similar schemes for those living in England, Scotland or Wales, and both were created to reduce existing fuel debts of £250+.
There has been a change in one of the grants, whereby you can now have more than £1,000 savings in the bank and still be eligible. To qualify, you must be a British Gas customer and in £250+ of energy debt, and meet the list of following criteria:
This fund is open to all households, not just British Gas customers, and emains open as an existing fund. However, you can only apply if you’ve already received help from a debt adviser, such as Citizens Advice, National Debtline or StepChange.
You must also:
If you’re a British Gas customer, it’s best to check the eligibility to see which best suits your needs, as you can only claim one of the above. And remember that you’ll need to provide full evidence of your household income, expenditure and debt.
With other energy companies’ schemes, which are available, you will need to be a customer of theirs to apply, and each company has different application rules and regulations.
Out guide on all the help available at the moment is here.
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Why is there never any thing to get when you live in Northern Ireland as we need help over here as well and it is not fair on us
I will personally look into this for you Linda. Thank you for the feedback.