More details are slowly emerging about the £400 Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding (EBSS AF) which is due to be paid to some 900,000 households across Great Britain who do not have a direct relationship with their electricity supplier from next month.
This includes people who live in park homes, houseboats, off-grid and care homes, or those paying their energy bills as part of an all-inclusive rental agreement with their landlord.
The UK Government has already confirmed that the application portal for the one-off, non-repayable lump sum is expected to open this month, but Energy Minister Graham Stuart MP has now added that it will remain open until the end of April.
In a written response to a query from Conservative MP, Mark Menzies he also said: “People who are eligible for the EBSS AF will need to submit a short form via the government’s GOV.UK pages, and their details will be shared with local authorities across England, Scotland, and Wales who will deliver the one-off, non-repayable support this winter.
“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.”
No date has been given for the application portal opening this month, however, we will update this article and the Daily Record Money Saving Scotland Facebook group as soon as more details are made available.
Who can claim the £400 Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding?
Online applications will open in January for households in Scotland, England and Wales who are eligible for the £400 one-off payment to submit their details.
Payments to households that meet the eligibility criteria – including people who get their energy through a commercial contract or who are off-grid – will be made by local authorities in Great Britain.
The UK Government said this is likely to include:
- care home residents
- park home residents
- tenants in certain private and social rented homes
- homes supplied via private wires
- residents of caravans and houseboats on registered sites
- farmers living in domestic farmhouses
- off-grid households
Once households have applied to receive support and their applications have been processed and verified, eligible applicants’ details will be shared with local authorities who will deliver the one-off, non-repayable support this winter.
Applicants will only be able to submit information through the GOV.UK portal when it opens this month and should not contact their local authority directly as they will not be able to offer any more information.
The UK Government also said that 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.
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