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Off grid households set for £200 energy bill help

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Nearly two million households off the gas grid will receive £200 towards their energy bills from today, as the Government issues a scam warning to recipients.

The majority of households using alternative fuel to heat their homes should see automatic credit payments on their electricity bills from today, the Government confirmed.

The £200 Alternative Fuel Payment was doubled last year, and will apply to those using heating oil, biomass and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to warm their homes.

Payments are expected to be made by the end of February, but for some off grid customers such as those living in park homes or on static houseboats without a direct energy supply, they will need to apply for the support later this month.

Some households on the gas grid but without a gas connection who use alternative fuels as their main heating source may also need to apply.

A portal will open online via the Government website, where customers will need to enter their household bank details.

Government issues energy scam warning

The Government added that customers will not be asked for details by any individual or organisation ahead of the portal going live so “any such contact is likely to be a scam”.

Businesses off the grid are also expected to receive £150 payments by 10 March 2023.

Minister for energy and climate Graham Stuart, said: “Our main energy bill support schemes have seen millions of homes and businesses across the country get much needed help to cover costs, with figures today showing nearly £3bn in Government support has been paid out to business to date. Now we’re getting support to those remaining few that are off the gas grid and most difficult to reach.

“I am determined to see households and businesses of all stripes protected from global pressures this winter – whether that’s those living in a houseboat, park home or operating a rural hospital or school.

“That’s why we are kicking off payments of £200 to households using alternative fuel to heat their homes today – while businesses and organisations using alternative fuels will receive a boost of £150 in the coming weeks.”

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