Uk News The energy bills support schemes in place and who can claim cost of living payments United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Energy bills are expected to soar to £3,420 in October and could reach £3,850 in January, as the nation remains gripped by the cost of living crisis.The figures, released by utilities consultant BFY, would represent a 74 per cent increase to the energy price cap, which already rose by 54 per cent to £1,971 in April.The price cap was set at £1,227 before April 2022. A jump to £3,420 would mean households could see energy bills almost triple in the space of six months.The extent of the price rise will force millions of families to make a choice between heating and eating.And Ofgem has now announced the price cap will be adjusted every three months, rather than every six, meaning more increases for customers.The Government has introduced a series of energy bills support schemes to help households struggling with the cost of living.Here is each one explained, and who is eligible.£650 cost of living energy bills support schemeThe £650 cost of living grant is being paid in two instalments to all households on means-tested benefits, including those receiving the following:Universal creditIncome-based jobseeker’s allowanceIncome-related employment and support allowanceIncome supportWorking tax creditChild tax creditPension creditThe first instalment of £326 should have appeared in people’s bank accounts in the second half of July, with the second payment of £324 coming in the autumn. The precise date is yet to be confirmed.It does not include those who are eligible solely through receiving child tax credit and working tax credit – these people will have to wait until autumn for the first instalment, and winter for the second, with exact dates to be confirmed.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said the delay was to avoid duplicate payments.The grant is tax-free for all eligible groups, will not affect the benefit cap and will not affect existing benefit awards.There is no need to apply for the grant. Eligible people should have the payments appear in their bank accounts automatically, with the code “DWP C O L” or similar.The reason for the two payments being slightly unequal is “to minimise fraud risks from those who may seek to exploit this system”, the Government said.£400 energy bills support schemeThe £400 energy payment is being made to every household in the country, without means testing.Originally, the plan was for households to receive a £200 discount on their energy bills in October, which would then be paid back over five years from 2023, with customers paying an additional £40 on their bills each year.However, in late May – and after much criticism – then-chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the discount would be increased to £400 and would no longer have to be paid back.The £400 discount will start in October and be paid out to consumers in instalments over six months, with the grants administered through energy suppliers.The discount will break down into instalments of £66 in October and November, rising to £67 per month from December until March 2023.It will be provided on a monthly basis, regardless of whether people pay bills monthly or quarterly or have an associated payment card.Those with a domestic electricity meter point who make payments through payment cards, standard credit, and direct debit will receive an automatic deduction on bills.People who use pre-payment meters and top up their credit before using energy will be provided with discount vouchers in the first week of each month.These will be sent by text message, email or post with the most up-to-date contact details customers have left with suppliers.A small section of households will not receive the £400 directly.If you rent your property and your energy bill is included in your rent, the money will be paid to your landlord.Your landlord should then pass the rebate on to you, but there is nothing to make them legally do this.Some people who live in caravans may not receive the payment if they pay an energy fee to the owner of the park rather than pay directly.For people living in boats, electricity use is normally included in the docking fee, so they also would not receive the rebate.More from BillsHow the energy price cap is set to change and when it will increase again04 August, 2022Critics brand Ofgem's decision to adjust energy price cap every three months 'inhumane'04 August, 2022Government urged to cut VAT on phone bills as millions struggle to afford essential services04 August, 2022£300 winter fuel paymentMost pensioners will already be familiar with the winter fuel payment, an annual tax-free lump sum issued by the Department for Work and Pensions.This year, the Government is adding an extra £300 to boost the support for over eight million pensioner households.The winter fuel payment will be made available for households that include someone born on or before 25 September 1956.
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.If you do not live in the UK during the qualifying week, you might still get the payment if both the following apply:You live in Switzerland or a European Economic Area (EEA) country;You have a genuine and sufficient link to the UK – this can include having lived or worked in the UK, and having family in the UK.You cannot get the payment if you live in Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Malta, Portugal or Spain because the average winter temperature is higher than the warmest region of the UK.You don’t typically have to apply for the winter fuel payment if you are eligible. You should receive the money automatically.However, if you have not had the payment before, you only need to claim if any of the following apply:You do not get benefits or a state pension;You only get housing benefit, council tax reduction, child benefit or universal credit;You get benefits or a state pension but live in Switzerland or an EEA country.Contact the winter fuel payment scheme online or via phone or post if you wish to enquire further or make changes to your payments.The Government has said the £300 payment should be with pensioners by autumn 2022.You will get a letter telling you how much you’ll get, and an estimated payment date.You should be paid by 13 January 2023 at the very latest.£150 disability support schemePeople on disability benefits may be eligible for a £150 cost of living payment if they receive any of the following:Attendance allowanceConstant attendance allowanceDisability living allowance for adultsDisability living allowance for childrenPersonal independence payment (PIP)Adult disability payment (in Scotland)Child disability payment (in Scotland)Armed Forces independence paymentWar pension mobility supplementYou must have received a payment of one of these qualifying benefits for 25 May 2022.If you get a qualifying disability benefit from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and a qualifying disability benefit from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), you will only receive a payment from DWP.Eligible people will receive the payment from September.Payments will be made to people who get a qualifying disability from DWP before those who get it from the MoD.You do not need to apply for the payment, it should be paid to you automatically.The £150 disability payment is tax free, and won’t count towards the benefits cap or affect any existing benefits you currently claim.Household support fund increaseThe household support fund provides households with payments to help with essentials such as food, utilities and clothing.It was first introduced in September 2021 and was due to run until 31 March 2022, before being extended and boosted by £500m.It is distributed through local councils. The amount you can get varies by council, but tends to be in the region of £200.Eligibility varies by council and tends to be assessed by your financial ability to meet basic needs. You must be over 16 or over 18 to apply, depending on your council’s rules.Certain councils also require that you have claimed national benefits first, and most will reject your application if you have savings.The scheme that ran from October to March specified that 50 per cent of the money was ring-fenced for “households with children” and 50 per cent could go to everyone else.The new guidance states that a third of the money has to go on households with children, a third “will be dedicated to pensioners” and a third to everyone else.If your application is rejected you will be given seven days to appeal.You need to apply for the fund directly through your local council. You can find your council’s page by putting your postcode into the Government website here.You will need your national insurance number to apply, as well as details of your household make-up, your earnings and expenses.Councils will also ask households to produce evidence of why they need the support.Households who received an energy payment under the previous support fund roll-out need not apply. The council will write to eligible households who did not previously receive an award.The payments started being made in July.
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