How Children 1st's Financial Wellbeing team can help you with your energy costs
- To deal with your energy debts by putting manageable repayments plans in place.
- To speak to suppliers on your behalf.
- To find out about and apply to grants and hardship funds for families affected by the cost-of-living crisis, which may be available from your energy company.
- To access fuel top up vouchers.
- To get support from Home Energy Scotland, who can offer energy saving efficiency advice.
Help with the rising costs in gas and electricity
If you’re in debt to your energy company, you need to deal with this first to make sure you aren’t disconnected.
You could get £150 off your electricity bill for winter 2023 to 2024 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. You need to apply directly to your supplier for further eligibility requirements see: Warm Home Discount Scheme: If you're on a low income in Scotland - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
You may be eligible to get help with energy-savings improvements to your home if you get certain benefits or live in social housing, see link for further details: Help from your energy supplier: the Energy Company Obligation - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Winter Heating Payment helps people on low-income benefits who might have extra heating needs. It's automatically paid once a year. The payment for winter 2023 to 2024 is £55.05: Winter Heating Payment - mygov.scot
This is available for families on means tested benefits. To see if you are eligible visit: Cost of Living Payments 2023 to 2024 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
If you were born before 25 September 1957 you could get between £250 and £600 to help pay your heating bills see link for further information: Winter Fuel Payment: Overview - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
You can find contact details for each of our financial wellbeing advisors here
If you live in a different part of Scotland, your family can still get money advice from us, by contacting Children 1st Parentline who can arrange for a financial wellbeing advisor to call you back
You can speak to a member of our financial wellbeing team by sending an email with your contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org