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The Trust partners with Policy in Practice to help households across Britain access budgeting support

The British Gas Energy Trust has partnered with Policy in Practice to bring a comprehensive budgeting tool to the forefront, known as the Better Off Calculator.

Recommended by GOV.UK, the Better Off Calculator is helping over two million people a year to identify their eligibility for various forms of support, and realise over £19 billion in unclaimed support. The calculator asks for household details, health and caring responsibilities, property details and income and earnings. With this information, it can identify support schemes clients can be eligible for and provide a budgeting tool to help identify ways in which clients can make changes to their outgoings.

A recent study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that over one fifth of people in the UK were in poverty in 2022 [1], a statistic that continues to rise. This collaboration aims to inform and empower clients and their household finances, allowing them to identify and apply for vital support, including the Trusts own grant scheme.

Jessica Taplin, CEO of British Gas Energy Trust said:

“By partnering with Policy in Practice, we can help struggling households access a wider range of support schemes through their Better Off Calculator. Not only can this online tool support applications to the Trusts energy grants, but it can also identify other national and local schemes, helping people both in the short and long term.”

Deven Ghelani, Founder and Director of Policy in Practice, said:

“The partnership with British Gas Energy Trust tackles immediate financial challenges by providing access to short term grants while streamlining access to benefits support and other long term, sustainable support boosting the financial security of users. Together, this partnership will broaden awareness of support as well as reduce barriers to take up and closing the unclaimed benefits gap.”

About Policy in Practice

Policy in Practice is a social policy software and analytics company working with councils, government, housing providers and community organisations. They are a team of policy experts who combine cutting-edge tech, insightful data and expert analysis to engage both organisations and households seeking change.

For more information about Policy in Practice, visit policyinpractice.co.uk or email hello@policyinpractice.co.uk.

About British Gas Energy Trust

The British Gas Energy Trust is an independent Charitable Trust established in 2004 and independent from, but solely funded by, British Gas. Its mission is to alleviate the detrimental impact of poverty, with a focus on fuel poverty. Support is delivered through three programmes: debt relief grants which can help households with up to £2,000 in fuel debt; a small grants programme that provides emergency energy vouchers and payments; and a programme that funds over 40 money and energy advice projects throughout Britain.

For more information about the Trust, visit britishgasenergytrust.org.uk.

 

[1] Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK Poverty Report 2024.