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Energy Support Fund and Help with the Cost of Living

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Support for paying energy bills

From April 2022 Warm & Well North Yorkshire are again administering the energy portion of the Household Support Fund. They can issue fuel vouchers, payments to credit meters and the purchase of oil, LPG logs and coal. For single households generally the payment made will be £140. For families (which includes couples) the payment will generally be £245.

We can refer people who need support to pay energy bills to Warm and Well direct. However, if you need urgent assistance, call the freephone advice line on 0808 278 7900.

Cost of living support

Following the announcement by Ofgem that the price cap will likely rise by a further £1,971 to approximately £2,800 in October 2022. This estimate is for a consumer with average consumption and paying by direct debit. This will be an increase of £829 for the average consumer who pays by direct debit. Whilst this is a best estimate and the price cap will officially be announced in August we need to start preparing now for a difficult Autumn and Winter.

In response to Ofgem’s announcement, the Chancellor announced further cost of living support.

■ The £200 energy rebate due for October is being increased to £400 and the requirement for it to be paid back will be scrapped.

■ £650 payment to around 8 million people on the lowest incomes (those on means tested benefits)

■ £300 payment to people over state pension age.

■ £150 payment to people receiving disability benefits.

■ Additional £1 billion allocated to the Household Support Fund.

■ The increase to the Warm Home Discount from £140 to £150 stays in place and people who haven’t received the £150 Council Tax rebate yet but are entitled to it will still receive it.

If you have concerns about energy bills and how you can afford them, do get in touch and we can point you in the right direction to receive support. Call us on 01423 714953 or email: admin@nidderdaleplus.org.uk.

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