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How do I get the £400 energy grant and the £650 one-off payment?

In this article we explain how much you could claim and how to apply.

The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced further support for energy bills to combat the cost of living crisis:

  • A non-repayable £400 grant for all households to help with rising energy bills
  • A one-off payment of £650 for those on certain means-tested benefits
  • A one-off £300 top-up for pensioners in receipt of winter fuel payments
  • A one-off £150 payment for those on certain non-means tested disability benefits
  • An extra £500 million to be paid into the "Household Support Fund"

Who will receive the £400?

Everybody will receive this in October. The discount will be made automatically by your energy supplier so there is no need to apply.

Direct debit and credit customers will have the money credited to their account. Customers with pre-payment meters will have the money applied to their meter or paid via a voucher.

Previously, this was introduced as a £200 discount from energy bills that would have had to been paid off in instalments over five years. The repayment has now been scrapped and the £200 has been increased to £400.

Who will receive the one-off £650?

A £650 payment will be made to more than 8 million low-income households on:

  • Universal Credit
  • Tax Credits
  • Pension Credit
  • Legacy Benefits (Income-related Employment, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Support Allowance)

This will be paid by the Department of Work and Pensions in two instalments - the first in July 2022, the second sometime in Autumn. The money will be deposited straight into your bank account.

Payments from HMRC for those on Tax Credits only will follow shortly after each to ensure there are no duplicate payments. The government will make these payments directly to households across the UK.

£300 for pensioners receiving the Winter Fuel Payment

Households that receive the Winter Fuel Payment - which is worth £200 - £300 and is paid to nearly all homes with at least one person of pension age - will receive an additional £300 in November or December.

This will be paid directly into your bank account.

A £150 payment for individuals receiving disability benefits

This will be paid directly into your bank account in September. Anyone receiving the following benefits will be entitled to the extra £150:

  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Scottish Disability Benefits
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • War Pension Mobility Supplement

Extra support from the Household Support Fund

An extra £500 million has been allocated to the Household Support Fund. The fund has also been extended from 1 April 2022 to March 2023.

The Household Support Fund helps individuals who are struggling with essentials such as food, utility bills, housing costs, transport and more.

Applicants must be:

  • Aged 16 or over
  • A resident in their local council
  • Experiencing financial hardship and struggling to afford essential items

You will need to apply through your local council, usually either through a link on their website or over the phone.

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