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The government are providing non-repayment discount schemes to help with energy payments over winter 2022 to 2023.

Energy Support Scheme

The vast majority of households are eligible for the Energy Support Scheme and are already automatically receiving the £400 discount.

Two new schemes will be available in 2023 for those households who are not entitled to the Energy Support Scheme:

Energy Bill Support Scheme Alternative Funding

This scheme is intended to provide the £400 of support for households across the UK that would otherwise miss out on the Energy Bill Support Scheme as they do not have a domestic electricity contract.

Alternative Fuel Payments

This scheme is intended to deliver a one-off payment of £200 to UK households who are not on the mains gas grid and therefore use alternative fuels, such as heating oil, to heat their homes.

The government will set out the timings of these payments soon and all applications will need to be made directly via If you are eligible for the current scheme, you will not be entitled to these two new alternative payments.