Grants and loans
There are various grants available towards the cost of making your home more energy efficient, helping to pay fuel bills or providing emergency help in certain situations. You may be able to get a grant towards the cost of a new boiler, heating system, or insulation, for example.
Warm Home Discount
For winter 2017 to 2018, you could get £140 off your electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount Scheme if you’re eligible.
Winter Fuel Payment
You could get between £100 and £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills if you were born on or before 5 May 1953. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’.
Energy Company Obligation
You might be able to get help for energy-saving improvements to your home if you’re on certain benefits and own or privately rent your home.
Cold Weather Payment
You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits and the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below for 7 consecutive days. If you’re eligible you’ll be paid it automatically.
Charis could help get you support through your utility supplier, or from a trust, if you’re struggling to pay your gas, electricity or water bills.
Discretionary East Sussex Support Scheme
DESSS is the Discretionary East Sussex Support Scheme. It provides emergency help in certain situations.
The scheme does not provide cash or loans but may provide the food or utilities that you need. Your household will usually only be able to receive support from the scheme once in 12 months