British Gas customers can get £750 help this summer as supplier doubles fund

THOUSANDS of British Gas customers can get up to £750 to help with energy bills after the supplier doubled its hardship fund.The energy giant has added £2million to its pot for struggling families as the cost of living continues to rise.
1British Gas has doubled the value of its hardship fund to £4millionCredit: Alamy
The fund was launched last year to support Brits who have fallen behind on their bill payments.
It will now continue through the summer, after the energy price cap jump in April adds £693 to millions of Brits’ annual bills.
British Gas said the fund is a “response to the increasing cost of living and rising inflation”.
Hard-up households are facing soaring prices in shops and sky-high energy bills.
Inflation hit a 30-year peak of 5.4% in January and is expected to reach 6% by spring.
British Gas customers can apply for grants of between £250 and £750 to write-off chunks of debt.
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We explain who is eligible and how to apply.
Who is eligible for the grants?
To get a grant you need to be living in fuel poverty without savings of more than £1,000.
Someone is living in fuel poverty if their energy bills are above average and, once paid, would leave them with income below the poverty line.
This takes into account the energy required to heat your home, the cost of energy and your household income.
You have to be a British Gas customer living in England, Scotland or Wales to apply for the winter fund.
You’ve also got to have an outstanding debt of between £250 to £750 on an open gas or electricity or duel fuel account.
If you’ve received a grant from British Gas in the past, you can still apply if it was through a different scheme.
But if you’ve already had a grant from this fund, you won’t be able to get a second payment.
How can I apply?
British Gas customers can apply to the fund online.
You’ll need to provide proof of household income, including all of the adults you live with, and a meter reading of your gas and electricity account.
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