Thousands of Brits can claim free £400 payment to help with energy bills

Over 900,000 households are now able to claim free money to help with their energy bills.

The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said applications are live on the GOV.UK website.

You can be eligible for the £400 energy bill discount for a number of reasons.

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If you meet the criteria, you'll need your email address, phone number and bank accounts detail to hand.

After you apply, your local council will check you live at the address you apply for.

You should receive a response within 6 weeks to tell you if your application has been accepted.

And your council will arrange a one-off payment which you don't need to repay.

Brits are eligible for the scheme if they live in:

  • A residential park home
  • On a boat on a permanent residential mooring
  • On a permanent Gypsy and Traveller site
  • Part of a heat network without an electricity meter
  • In social or private rented accommodation which has a business energy connection or a communal electricity supply
  • Off the mains electricity or gas grid
  • In a care home or assisted living facility and you pay for some or all of your care
  • In a separate domestic home within a non-domestic property (such as a farmhouse or a flat above a shop)

Brits who pay energy through a direct debit, on receipt of bills or through a prepayment meter don't need to apply.

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These households have been receiving instalments worth £67 and £66 as part of the wider energy bill rebate scheme.

The way you're paid the £400 discount will vary depending on who your energy supplier is.

Each energy supplier also has the freedom to decide how it will apply the discount to your energy meter.

The discount is automatic and made up of six instalments, which started being paid in October.

Check with your energy supplier to see how you're paid the discount.

Renters who pay their bills included have also been given protections to ensure they receive the £400 discount.

A "pass-through requirement" for energy price support is there to direct landlords to pass on some or all of the support they get from the energy bill support scheme.

They should do this as soon as they can. You should not need to do anything to get this support.

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