Support on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day
It’s estimated around 6.3 million households are in fuel poverty across the UK.
Fuel poverty is the term used to describe a situation where a household is unable to heat their home to a temperature needed to keep them warm and healthy.
On Thursday 30 November 2023, National Energy Action’s Fuel Poverty Awareness Day aims to arm people with the facts and make people aware of the support available to them.
National Energy Action is a fuel poverty charity, committed to bringing an end to fuel poverty and advocating policy changes that can transform lives.
Help is available
If you or someone you know is in fuel poverty or are struggling to pay energy bills, help is at hand. These are the ways that British Gas Energy Trust can offer support:
- Millions of households are missing out on benefits and services they are entitled to. Our Bounce Back Checklist details the main benefits and schemes to help you get support and maximise your income.
- Help is available in your local area. We fund over 45 charities across England, Scotland and Wales to offer support through income maximisation checks, emergency fuel vouchers, budget planning and energy efficiency measures. Find our list of funded organisations here.
- Following the success of the project in 2022-23, we have once again partnered with the Post Office and British Gas to bring energy advice to local communities by having money and energy advisors located inside Post Office’s across Great Britain. Find out if one is taking place in your area here.
- Take advantage of government schemes this winter. Some people will be entitled to money to support them during the winter period through three different schemes. Take a look at these pages around the Warm Home Discount, Winter Fuel Payment and Cold Weather Payments for more information.
- Check to see if you’re eligible for our funding. Our Energy Support Fund for British Gas customers opened on 2nd October 2023, and our Individuals and Families Fund remains open to customers with credit accounts or on pre-payment meters with any energy company that does not have their own support fund. See our grants page for more information.