Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding

On 19 December 2022, the government announced further schemes, to provide certain households with further help towards their energy costs.

The Energy Bills Support Scheme (EBSS) provides a discount on energy bills of £400 for most households in Great Britain. This scheme has been delivered through domestic electricity suppliers.

For households who pay for their electricity in a different way, and so will not receive support through EBSS, Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Local Authorities will together deliver the EBSS Alternative Funding (EBSS AF). It is a one-off payment of £400 to help with energy costs over this winter.

The government has set the terms of those eligible and is likely to include care home residents, residents of park homes, 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 and off-grid households.

When can I apply?

The government has not released the guidance for local authorities yet and we are waiting for further information about exactly how this scheme will operate and what our role will be in relation to administration.

Applications cannot be made directly to local authorities, so please do not contact us at this time as we are unable to answer any questions at the moment. When we have more information we will provide further updates on this website.

For more information, visit GOV.UK - Vital help with energy bills on the way for millions more homes across Great Britain and Northern Ireland.