Are you having trouble paying your bills?
In this age of ever increasing bills, and increasing ‘fuel poverty’, it can be very difficult to manage the household budget. The energy companies are making huge profits while householders are seeing bills rise on a regular basis.
It was quite a surprise to me then, when I was found out about the British Gas Energy Trust. This trust will help British Gas customers who get into financial difficulties. Other energy companies operate the same scheme, working under a scheme called ‘Shared Programme of Giving‘
This scheme doesn’t just help with your fuel bills:-
The Trust awards grants to:
- Clear domestic gas and electricity debts
- Clear other priority debts, including water and sewerage (known as Further Assistance Payments (FAP))
- Purchase essential household items (known as Further Assistance Payments (FAP))
These ‘Further Assistance Payments’ can cover expeses such as funeral expenses, Council Tax arrears, rent arrears and other expenses. They will only consider payment in exceptional circumstances, but in the current climate, there might be quite a few people in the local area and beyond who could possibly benefit from this.
APPYLING TO THE FUNDS:
The quickest and easiest way is via the trusts’ online application forms available on the trusts’ websites:
Alternatively applications can be downloaded and printed from these same websites.
Application forms can be requested via the telephone request line 01733 421060.
Or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by writing to:
Anglian Water Assistance Fund,PO Box 42, Peterborough, PE3 8XH – stamp required
FREEPOST RRZJ-XBSY-GYRG, British Gas Energy Trust, PO Box 42, Peterborough, PE3 8XH – no stamp required
FREEPOST RLXG-RBYJ-USXE, EDF Energy Trust, PO Box 42, Peterborough, PE3 8XH – no stamp required
FREEPOST RSRX-JHTT-AZSG, npower Energy Fund, PO Box 42, Peterborough, PE3 8XH – no stamp required
FREEPOST RSHE-ARTT-AAUE, South East Water’s Helping Hand, PO Box 42, Peterborough, PE3 8XH – no stamp required
FREEPOST RSHH-JKZA-HAUY, Veolia Water Trust, PO Box 42, Peterborough, PE3 8XH – no stamp required
It’s also worth pointing out that the Energy Saving Trust can help you find ways to save money on your energy bills, by helping you with solutions such as grants for energy efficiency measures, advice on renewable energy, and tips on how to cut down your bills. You can visit their site here