Thousands of customers with British Gas are being advised they could be eligible for a grant to help with energy payments.
Money saving expert Martin Lewis has warned energy bills could rise by another £1,000 this winter, as the public continues to struggle against the cost of living crisis.
Experts at Cornwall Insights predict the Ofgem energy price cap, which sets a limit on the rates a supplier can charge for each unit of gas and electricity used, will rise to £2,980 in October 2022, before hitting £3,000 in January 2023.
While the government has confirmed every home in England, Scotland and Wales will get £400 off their energy bills, as part of a broader £15 billion cost of living package, some households are still finding it challenging to not fall into debt.
However, thousands of British Gas customers could be eligible for a grant to help them with their energy bill payments.
What are the eligibility criteria?
The British Gas Energy Trust offers grants up to £1,500 for customers with an energy debt between £250 - £750.
Check the criteria below to see if you are eligible:
You live in England, Scotland or Wales
You have not received a grant from the British Gas Energy Trust within the last 2 years
You must be seeking a grant to clear an outstanding debt on a current or open gas, electricity or dual fuel energy account in your name or be a member of that household. The energy account must relate to your main residence
You have electric and/or gas debt
You do not have savings above £1,000
You have received help from a money advice agency
How to apply for the grant
To apply for the grant, British Gas customers will need the following:
Proof of money advice received in the last three months – individuals and families fund only
Proof of all household income – including three recent consecutive wage slips or benefit statements less than a year old
A meter read for your gas and/or electricity account – if you’re a British Gas customer – or your most recent gas and electricity bill
A version of this article originally appeared on NationalWorld.com