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Cost of living support

Support with your utility bills

Contact your energy supplier if you are struggling to pay for energy or think you may get into difficulty. If you already have energy debts, some larger suppliers offer grants to help pay this off.

Many of the energy suppliers are providing support for people during this crisis. Check your supplier's website or call them to find out what support they can provide:

Ovo Energy support packages

British Gas

EDF Energy support 

Scottish Power

E.ON Next

Good Energy

Cosy Homes Lancashire

The government's Energy Bills Support Scheme will deliver a £400 non-repayable discount to eligible households to help with energy bills from October 2022. Find out more on the government website

Apply for a discount on water bills

Households on low income can apply for financial support through their local water provider. Please visit their website to see what support is available.

Government support announcements on energy costs

The government announced (May 2022) that all domestic electricity customers in Great Britain will receive a £400 reduction in their electricity costs from October 2022. There will be no requirement to pay it back. Households will not need to apply for the scheme and, in most cases, the government expects electricity suppliers to apply the reduction automatically to bills from October 2022.

The Government announced additional support (26 May) that will provide further funding for some of these measures. This is the cost of living payment.

This guidance explains how and when people in receipt of certain benefits or tax credits will receive an extra payment to help with living costs.

Cost of living payment guidance