History & Aims

The British Gas Energy Trust was registered and launched as a charity in 2004 (charity number 1106218).

The aims of the British Gas Energy Trust are to promote for the public benefit:

  • img The relief of poverty among those who are unable to meet or pay charges for the supply of energy to premises used or occupied by them
  • img The education of the public in relation to debt awareness and prevention
  • img To work with other UK trust funds and organisations to encourage good practice and consistency for the public good

The Trust receives funding solely from British Gas. Their initial donation was £10 million over 3 years and remained consistent at £3.3 million per annum until 2011 when British Gas announced an increased donation of £28 million to the Trust for spend in 2011 / 2012. The current annual donation for 2015/16 is £9.1 million.

The Trust operates independently of British Gas and is governed by a Board of Trustees who give their time freely. The administration of the Trust is undertaken by Charis Grants Ltd, on behalf of Trustees.

The aims of the Trust are met in the following ways:

  • By administering a grants programme aimed at reducing energy debt for individuals and families experiencing hardship
  • By increasing and improving independent money advice services and education through organisational grant programmes
  • By reducing the potential for people to get into debt through the funding of debt prevention work
  • By ensuring the maximum amount of funds available for giving through the effective and efficient administration of theTrust

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