Energy Bills Support Scheme

£400 off energy bills for households from this October. Find out more below.

Help for Households

Energy Bills Support
Scheme

£400 off energy bills for households from
this October. Find out more below.


This is a non-repayable £400 discount funded by HM Government, applied to your energy bill over the course of six months from .
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What is the Energy Bills Support Scheme?

This scheme will deliver a £400 non-repayable discount to eligible households to help with energy bills from October.

Over the past year, global energy prices have soared, with wholesale gas prices alone quadrupling. This has led to an unprecedented rise in household energy bills.

To find out why this has affected even green suppliers like GEUK, you can read our blog here >



When will I start to receive the discount?

The £400 discount is from HM Government and administered by GEUK. It is paid to our domestic customers over six months with payments starting from October 2022, to ensure you receive financial support over the winter months.

To find out how this will be applied to your own energy bill, take a look at our FAQs at the bottom of this page >


Who is eligible and how do I receive this discount?

All households with a domestic electricity connection in Great Britain are eligible for the £400 discount. There is no need to contact energy suppliers concerning this.

You will see a discount of £66 applied to your energy bills in October and November, rising to £67 each month from December through to March 2023. To find out how this will be applied to your energy bill, take a look at our FAQs below.



Got a question?

To find out how the discount will be applied to your bill and for answers to the most commonly asked questions, see our FAQs below.

We are here to help

If you would like to speak with someone, we are here, on the end of the phone, Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.

T: 01920 486156

E: hello@geuk.com

Beware of scams!

Remember — you will never be asked for your bank details and you do NOT need to apply for the scheme.

Energy Bills Support Scheme FAQs

These FAQs have been provided by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
You can visit the official ‘Help for Households’ website here to find out what support is available: www.helpforhouseholds.campaign.gov.uk

These FAQs have been provided by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
You can visit the official ‘Help for Households’ website here to find out what support is available: www.helpforhouseholds.campaign.gov.uk

What is the Energy Bills Support Scheme?

Over the past year, global energy prices have soared, with wholesale gas prices alone quadrupling. This has led to an unprecedented rise in household energy bills.

The Energy Bills Support Scheme will deliver a £400 non-repayable discount to eligible households to help with energy bills from October.

This is an £11.7bn scheme which forms part of the £37bn cost of living assistance package for consumers over winter 22/23.

The scheme will help around 29 million households across Great Britain.

There is no need to apply for the discount. Energy suppliers will deliver this support to GB households with a domestic electricity connection over six months from October 2022.

Who is eligible for the Energy Bills Support Scheme?

All households with a domestic electricity connection in Great Britain are eligible for the £400 discount. There is no need to contact energy suppliers concerning this.

How will I receive the discount?

The £400 discount will be administered by suppliers and paid to consumers over six months with payments starting from October 2022, to ensure households receive financial support over the winter months.

Households will see a discount of £66 applied to their energy bills in October and November, rising to £67 each month from December through to March 2023.

The discount will be provided on a monthly basis regardless of whether consumers pay monthly, quarterly or have an associated payment card.

Households will never be asked for their bank details, and those with a domestic electricity connection will not need to apply.

There is no need to contact your supplier as all domestic electricity customers will be automatically eligible. Electricity bill payers should enquire with their supplier if they have not received their first instalment by the end of October.


Breakdown of the delivery process for each payment method:

Direct Debit customers will receive the discount automatically as a reduction to the monthly Direct Debit amount collected, or as a refund to the customer’s bank account following Direct Debit collection during each month of delivery.

Standard credit customers and payment card customers will see the discount automatically applied as a credit to standard credit customers’ accounts in the first week of each month of delivery, with the credit appearing as it would if the customer had made a payment.

Smart prepayment meter customers will see the discount credited directly to their smart prepayment meters in the first week of each month of delivery.

Traditional prepayment meter customers will be provided with redeemable vouchers from the first week of each month, issued via post. Customers will need to take action to redeem these at their local PayPoint store. You can find your nearest PayPoint retailer here: https://consumer.paypoint.com

I’m on a traditional prepayment meter. Will I receive the discount?

Traditional prepayment meter customers will be provided with redeemable vouchers from the first week of each month, issued via post.

Customers will need to take action to redeem these at their local Paypoint store.

You can find your nearest PayPoint retailer here: https://consumer.paypoint.com

Traditional prepayment meter customers must ensure their supplier has up-to-date contact details for them so they receive their voucher and understand how to redeem it.

ID will be required to redeem the voucher. If a third party is asked to redeem the voucher, they will need to produce evidence of both the customer’s identity and their own.

The government will work with suppliers and third parties on targeted communications and messaging for PPM customers to ensure vouchers are used.

I am a direct debit customer. What should I look out for when checking whether the discount has been credited to my account? Will it show up on your account when you log in online?

Direct Debit customers will receive the discount automatically as a reduction to the monthly Direct Debit amount collected, or as a refund to the customer’s bank account following Direct Debit collection during each month of delivery.

I pay for energy in my rent – how do I make sure my landlord passes on the reduction?

Landlords who have a domestic electricity contract with a licensed electricity supplier and then resell the electricity to their tenants based on energy usage must comply with the maximum resale price rules.

The maximum resale price for electricity is currently set as the same price as that paid by the person reselling it. Under these circumstances, we expect landlords to pass on the discount received to each tenant.

Landlords with a domestic electricity connection who charge ‘all inclusive’ rent, such as the case for many student houses, where a fixed cost for energy costs are included in their rental charges, should also be passing on the discounted payments to tenants.

There are rules which can protect tenants and ensure they receive the benefit of this policy. Ofgem’s guidance on how to ensure customers are being charged no more than they should when they buy the electricity through their landlord, including what to do if they think there has been a mistake, is available here: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/sites/default/files/docs/2005/10/11782-resaleupdateoct05_3.pdf

I am a student. Will I receive the discount too?

Any students that are tenants of properties with a domestic meter will be eligible for the scheme.

Landlords with a domestic electricity connection who charge ‘all inclusive’ rent, often the case for many student houses, where a fixed cost for energy costs are included in their rental charges, must pass on the discounted payments to tenants.

There are rules which can protect tenants and ensure they receive the benefit of this policy.

Those living in Purpose Built Student Accommodation, such as halls of residence, won’t receive the discount as they do not have a domestic electricity meter and a direct relationship with an electricity supplier.

Is the Energy Bills discount UK-wide?

The Energy Bills discount will apply to consumers in England, Scotland and Wales.

The UK Government is urgently working to ensure the people of Northern Ireland receive the equivalent of this support as soon as possible.

Will I get the discount if I live in a park home, houseboat or am an energy consumer living off the grid?

Approximately one per cent of UK households are currently ineligible to receive Energy Bills discount as they do not have a domestic electricity meter and a direct relationship with an electricity supplier.

The government has confirmed that further funding will be available to provide equivalent support of £400 for energy bills for the 1% of households who will not be reached through the Energy Bills discount.

An announcement with details on how and when these households across Great Britain can access this support will be made this Autumn.

What happens if I switch energy suppliers or my household circumstances change?

Electricity suppliers will apply the discount to bills from October 2022. This will be done by meter points, so it won’t matter if you switch supplier.

The Scheme will now provide six, monthly payments based on six qualifying dates than a single date in October. This allows new eligible households to benefit from the relevant portion of the total £400 as there will be multiple qualifying dates.

What if I change payment method/tariff?

Eligible customers will receive their discount on a monthly basis regardless of their supplier, payment method or tariff.

How will it work for customers in arrears / in debt?

All households with a domestic electricity connection in Great Britain are eligible for the £400 discount.

The government expects and encourages suppliers to make it their priority to work actively to move customers with large arrears balances onto repayment plans wherever possible. This is already a licence condition for suppliers.

Why are people with second homes getting more than one payment?

We want to ensure households start to receive this support from October and taking action on second homes could risk the start date for delivering the Scheme as a whole for winter, which would have an impact on many more households including the most vulnerable.

We acknowledge that delivering support at this scale and pace means there may be instances where people receive the discount multiple times if they are paying multiple electricity bills.

However, any delay would further disadvantage consumers experiencing high energy bills, particularly those in lower income households who are most in need of the payment.

Removing the discount from those with multiple meters could also stop people who are paying on behalf of elderly/disabled individuals from receiving a needed discount.

Why isn’t this support targeted to vulnerable households who need it most?

The Energy Bills discount is an essential part of the government-wide Help for Households cost of living support package set out on 26 May 2022, providing help for as many households as possible throughout the country.

Households most in need will be eligible for further support in addition to the Energy Bills discount. This includes:

  • a £650 one-off Cost of Living Payment for around 8 million households on means tested benefits;
  • a one-off £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment for over 8 million pensioner households to be paid alongside the Winter Fuel Payment;
  • a payment of £150 for around six million people across the UK who receive certain disability benefits;
  • a £500 million increase and extension of the Household Support Fund.

Why can't I donate my £400 to charity instead?

The discount is being provided to households to assist with the cost of energy bills and it is for individual households to decide if they do not wish to retain it. Any charitable donation is an individual’s choice from their own assets.