There are a number of schemes available if you’re struggling to pay your energy bills. These include:
Money to help older people pay for their bills
The winter fuel payment of between £100 and £300 is available to some energy customers.
It’s open to those born on or before 5 November 1953 and it’s usually paid out automatically if you’re getting the state pension.
If you’re eligible but aren’t receiving it, contact the Department for Work and Pensions.
Extra cash if the weather drops
The cold weather payment of £25 is paid when the temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below for seven consecutive days.
It is paid out automatically and to those receiving certain benefits such as; pension credit, income support or universal credit.
You’ll get £25 for each seven-day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.
Free home improvement services for some
There are a number of free and discounted home improvement services for elderly people, those with disabilities or vulnerable people.
You can apply for help with a wide-range of things, from having energy efficient measures installed in your home, arranging for homes to be adapted after people come out of hospital and odd jobs around the house.
To apply for help, and see the full eligibility list, visit the Home Improvement Agencies website.