- Britain’s largest energy firm has relaunched its Individuals and Families Fund
- This offers grants for homes struggling with energy debt and with certain meters
Households struggling with bills can now apply for a grant of up to £1,500 from British Gas – and you don’t have to be a customer of the energy giant to get it.
British Gas has today relaunched its Individuals and Families Fund for this winter, which is open to those with pre-payment or credit meters.
Customers of British Gas can also apply to the firm’s Energy Support Fund, which offers grants of up to £1,500 for those in energy debt.
The average home pays gas and electricity bills of £1,834 a year, rising to £1,928 a year from 1 January 2024, limited by the Ofgem price cap.
Energy support: Both £1,500 grants are run by British Gas’s Energy Trust division
British Gas Energy Trust chief executive Jessica Taplin said: ‘We’re assuring households that we will provide as much support as we can as the cost of living crisis continues to put a strain on finances.
‘With the re-opening of the Individuals and Families Fund this winter, customers will have access to grants and advice from us even if they’re not British Gas customers.’
How to apply for the British Gas Energy Support Fund
To be considered for the grant you must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be a pre-payment or credit meter customer in England, Scotland or Wales
- Not have had a British Gas Energy Trust grant in the last two years
- Need the grant to clear an energy debt in your name
- Need the grant for your main residence
- Have had money or debt advice in the past three months
The grants are designed to pay off energy bill arrears in full, and cannot be used for anything else.
You will also need to prove you have energy debt and show British Gas proof you have had recent financial or debt advice.
Households can apply for either British Gas grant here.
The UK’s largest energy company has paid out more than £100million to customers struggling with energy bills since prices began rising in late 2021.