What is the £400 Energy Payment?
Back in October 2022, the Government confirmed that all households who paid bills directly to an energy supplier (for example to British Gas), or have a domestic energy meter in England, Scotland and Wales would receive £400 off their energy bills to help with rising costs in Autumn 2022.
The government has announced that households that were not receiving the energy discount automatically can now apply to receive a £400 discount on their energy bills if for example, you pay for energy through a landlord, housing manager or site owner, or live in a park home, houseboat or off the electricity grid.
Are Students Eligible?
Yes, students would be eligible in the same way as anyone else, provided they meet the usual criteria. You can take a look at the list of households who are eligible, below. You will not be able to apply for a discount if you live in purpose-built student accommodation.
What Homes are Eligible?
You might be eligible to apply if your home is:
- on a boat on a permanent residential mooring
- in social or private rented accommodation which has a business energy connection or a communal electricity supply
- on a permanent Gypsy and Traveller site
- a residential park home
- part of a heat network without an electricity meter
- off the mains electricity or gas grid
- in a care home or assisted living facility and you pay for some or all of your care (directly or through loss of pension or other benefits)
- in a separate domestic home within a non-domestic property (such as a farmhouse or a flat above a shop)
How Can I Apply?
If this applies to you, you can make an application via the Gov.uk website, where you can also check your eligibility for the discount.
You can only apply for this discount if you have not automatically received the discount or the Energy Bills Support Scheme payments. If you apply, you can only make one application per household.
When is the Deadline to Apply?
You will have until the 31st May 2023 to apply for energy bill support if you did not receive this automatically.
In Financial Difficulty?
We know that the cost-of-living crisis might be having an impact on you right now as we face increases in the price of fuel, food and other services. You can find more information about the financial and legal support available to you via the Arts SU website including details on the UAL Hardship Fund and external London Charities.