In late February, the Horsham District Council received two separate Energy Bills Support Schemes (grants):
- Alternative Funding (£928,400)
Where people don’t themselves directly contract with a domestic electricity supplier, they can apply for the £400 payment which is the amount directly supplied households are receiving as a discount directly from the bills for the period 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023.
The funding suggests there might be approximately 2,300 affected households in the district.
- Alternative Fuel Payment Alternative Fund (£231,000)
This is a payment of £200 for households that use alternative fuels – such as heating oil, biomass and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as the main source of heating and not connected to mains gas, but do not have a direct relationship with a domestic electricity supplier.
The funding suggests there might be approximately 1,155 affected households in the district.
These schemes will be launched by 6 March, with applications closing on 31 May.
To reduce the chances of being scammed, Government is not sending out any direct links, but asking people to search the GOV.UK website and enter “Apply for energy bill support if you do not get it automatically” in the search bar and follow the instructions.
The short cut though is here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-energy-bill-support-if-not-automatic
Whilst Government is doing some of the initial heavy lifting in communications and process, Revenues and Benefits will be checking and verifying to local data and Finance will be making the payments. Should residents contact Councillors, please direct them to the GOV.UK website and also help explain how busy Revs and Bens are during Annual Billing and initial bills querying from customers, and that they are working hard to get the payments out.