08-06-2022 by 
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In May 2022 the government announced a big package of support to help households with rising energy prices and the cost of living crisis. 








What could you receive?

£400 - Everyone

Who?     This is for everyone who pays an electricity bill, it is not means-tested.

How?     This will be made as a payment onto your electricity account and is a grant which will not have to be paid back. It replaces the original scheme that had been proposed whereby a 'loan' of £200 was being given which did have to be paid back.

When?   October 2022


£650 - People in receipt of means-tested benefits

Who? Anyone who receives Universal Credit, Income-based Job Seekers Allowance, Income-based ESA, Income Support, Child or Working Tax Credits, Pension Credit.

How?  Payments will be made direct to households through their bank account.

When? This will be paid in two lump sums, the first will be in July 2022 and the second in Autumn.


£300 - Pensioners

Who?   This will be paid to any pensioner who receives the Winter Fuel Payment and who will be state pension age (aged 66 or above) between 19 – 25 September 2022. This is not means-tested. 

How?    This will be paid as a top-up to the Winter Fuel Payment, directly into bank accounts.

When?  November/December 2022


£150 - People in receipt of non-means tested benefits

Who?    Anyone who receives Disability Living Allowance, PIP, Attendance Allowance, Armed Forces Independence Payment and War Pension Mobility Supplement. Claimants must be in receipt of, or have begun an eventually successful claim for, one of these benefits as of 25th May 2022 to be eligible.

How?    Payments will be made direct to households through their bank account.

When?  September 2022


Please note that you do not need to apply for any of these payments, they will be processed automatically to qualifying households.

You can also qualify under more than one category so if you receive a means-tested benefit such as Universal Credit and a disability benefit e.g. PIP, you will get the £650 + £150 + £400.