This is a £400 grant aimed at those residents without a direct relationship with a domestic energy supplier. The scheme is now open to all eligible households until 31 May 2023.
Subject to applications meeting the eligibility criteria, people who will be able to receive support under EBSS AF include:
Most households who do not have a direct relationship with a domestic energy supplier, have already been benefitting from subsidised energy bills through the government's business support scheme.
Those who are eligible for the EBSS Alternative Funding will need to fill out a short online form via the GOV.UK website . This form can be found by searching "Apply for energy bill support if you do not get it automatically" into the search bar on GOV.UK or an internet search engine. Applications are made directly to His Majesty's Government, not to or via local authorities. If you do not have online access, you can apply via a contact centre on 0808 1753287 where a representative will guide you through the application process.
Once customers have applied to receive support and their applications have been processed and verified, details will be shared with local authorities, who will deliver the one-off, non-repayable support. The payment will be made directly into your bank account in a single instalment.
Applicants can only submit information through GOV.UK and should not contact their local authority in the meantime. The exact date that an eligible household will receive support will depend on when the application is made and when the payment can be processed by the relevant local authority.
The government is also providing a further £200 Alternative Fuel Payment (AFP) to help those households in Great Britain who use alternative fuels such as biomass or heating oil to meet energy costs this winter. Most households eligible for the AFP support in Great Britain, will receive payment automatically via their electricity supplier in February, with no need to take any action. Those households who will need to apply for the AFP, for example because they do not have a relationship with an electricity supplier, will be able to do so from February, through the same GOV.UK portal as the one that will be used to apply for support under the EBSS Alternative Funding scheme.
The scheme is now open to all eligible households until 31 May 2023.
Again, those who are eligible for the AFP Funding will need to fill out a short online form via the GOV.UK website . This form can be found by searching "Apply for energy bill support if you do not get it automatically" into the search bar on GOV.UK or an internet search engine. Applications are made directly to His Majesty's Government, not to or via local authorities. If you do not have online access, you can apply via a contact centre on 0808 1753287 where a representative will guide you through the application process.
The Non-Domestic Alternative Fuels Payments Scheme provides a fixed payment of £150 to UK non-domestic consumers who are off the gas grid and use alternative fuels. This includes commercial businesses, voluntary sector organisations including charities and community interest companies and public sector organisations such as schools, hospitals and care homes. Most consumers that are eligible for this payment will have already received it automatically as a credit on their electricity bills.
Properties not connected to the electricity grid will not have received £150 automatically and will need to apply through the online portal linked below.
Those that use high levels of kerosene, 10,000 litres per year, may be eligible for the additional payment and will need to apply and provide evidence to support the claim.
Councils are asked to share this information as appropriate.
Applications to the scheme will close on 28th April 2023.
If we believe that the occupancy information regarding a property is inaccurate, we will withhold the payment and take reasonable steps to determine the correct information.
If there is a retrospective change to the Council Tax payer, we will take reasonable steps to pay or claw back any payment made.
Your information will be used by Fareham Borough Council to administer the Energy Grant schemes (Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding & Alternative Fuel Payment's Alternative Fund). We have a duty to protect public funds and will use this information for the prevention and detection of fraud, auditing, monitoring, statistical and other research. The information may be shared with third parties (council departments, other councils, government agencies or external agencies). Further information is available in our Privacy Statement.
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