Energy schemes - Extra help for 2022/23
If you are struggling to pay your energy bills, find out about the help you can get.
- Last reviewed 23 October 2023
Extra help for 2022/23
There were a few cost of living schemes that were aimed at different groups:
Anyone in England, Scotland or Wales paying an electricity bill was able to get £400 taken off their energy account in winter 2022/23. It wasn't paid in cash – it was applied as a discount on your bill. You don't have to repay it.
This replaced the previous scheme where there would be a £200 payment applied to accounts that would then have to be repaid over 5 years.
People who have prepayment meters are supposed to receive vouchers. If you're not receiving monthly vouchers, contact your energy supplier.
Anyone who was pension age on or before 25 September 2022 (born on or before 25 September 1956) was able to get an extra £300 in addition to the £200-300 Winter Fuel Payment.
This was paid by direct debit in November or December 2022. If you didn't receive a payment before 13 Jan 2023, contact the winter fuel payment helpline.
Ill and Disabled people
There was an extra £150 payment to people who get disability benefits.
To be entitled to this payment, you have to have been getting one of these benefits on 25 May 2022:
- Disability Living allowance; or
- Personal Independence Payment; or
- Scottish Adult Disability Payment; or
- Scottish Child Disability Payment; or
- Attendance Allowance; or
- Armed Forces Independence Payment; or
- Constant Attendance Allowance; or
- War Pension Mobility Supplement.
This payment went out in September 2022.
It was paid in the same way as your disability benefit. For most people, this was by a transfer into their bank account.
If you get a benefit decision after September 2022 which is backdated to before 25 May 2022, you can still get a Cost of Living payment. You can report the missing payment online.
£650 was paid in two instalments to households getting one of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit; or
- Pension Credit; or
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA); or
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA); or
- Income Support; or
- Working Tax Credit; or
- Child Tax Credit.
It was paid automatically by the same mechanism you usually get your benefits, for example, direct transfer into your bank account.
The first instalment went out from July for people who were getting a qualifying benefit between 26 April and 25 May 2022.
The second payment went out from November for people who were getting a qualifying benefit between 26 August 2022 and 25 September 2022.
If you did not get a payment and think you should have been entitled to one, you can report the missing payment online.
Councils have been given extra money to run discretionary funding schemes. This means councils have a lot of flexibility about how they decide to use the money.
If you’re struggling, you should ask your council for help.
All households in Northern Ireland received a lump sum of £600.
Payments was made made automatically through your energy supplier between 16 January and 28 February 2023.
You were eligible for vouchers if you didn't pay your bills by direct debit.
Similar support was available for households such as park home residents and tenants whose landlord pay their energy via a commercial contract.
The government provided extra help to people in England, Scotland and Wales who heat their homes with fuels other than gas or electricity.
People who heat their homes with heating oil, liquified petroleum gas (LPG) or biomass was able get an extra payment of £200 to help with the high cost of these fuels.
For most people, it was paid through their energy supplier from February 2023 and they didn't need to apply for help.
People who don't have an electricity supplier needed to apply for help.
People in England, Scotland and Wales who live in park homes and care homes, as well as people who pay their home energy bills to a commercial supplier, was able to get £400 help.
Payments were made through local authorities.
You needed to apply for this help.