SCOTTISH Power customers can get £750 written off of their debt through a supplier hardship fund.
The company has a support program for households who are having difficulty paying their bills.
The cost of gas and electricity has skyrocketed and is expected to climb even higher this year.
Last week, the energy regulator Ofgem announced that the new energy price cap would bring The average household bill amounts to £1,971 a year.
That’s a £693 annual increase for the average family, which could push millions into poverty.
Research by the Resolution Foundation found that 2.5 million people would face “fuel stress” due to rising bills, doubled the UK’s total to 5 million.
We explain what help Scottish Power customers can get through a supplier hardship fund.
What is the Scottish Power Hardship Fund?
Up to 40% of debt can be forgiven through the program, up to a maximum value of £750.
The award is only made to help pay debts and is transferred to an energy account, so you will not receive a cash grant or money for future energy use.
You need to show that you are struggling financially and have debts that you are struggling to pay.
There is no deadline but you can claim every three years.
If you have previously received a benefit, you can claim it again, but only if it was more than three years ago.
Who is eligible for Scotland Power’s hardship fund?
To receive a hardship grant, you must be a Scottish Power customer and demonstrate that you are experiencing financial hardship.
You also need to have energy debts that you are struggling to pay.
Recipients of the following benefits may be eligible for payment:
- income support,
- Candidate’s allowance,
- Retirement Credit, or
- Employment Allowance and Support
You may also be eligible if you have a low household income.
There may also be special circumstances that make you eligible, for example if you experience a decrease in income due to illness.
You will need to provide proof of your financial situation, such as a recent letter from the Department for Work and Pensions.
How do I apply for the Scotland Power hardship fund?
Scottish Power says customers should first contact an independent debt advisory service, such as National Debt Linebefore making an application.
You will receive a free consultation and more information about the health plan.
If you decide to apply, you can do so through Direct social enterprisethe program management company for Scottish Power.
Customers can apply online, by phone, or download a paper form to return by mail.
You will receive a decision in about five business days.
The amount will be credited to your Scottish Power account once you agree to a payment agreement for your ongoing energy use.
What other help is available?
There are other programs in place to help tackle the growing cost of energy.
The government is giving £200 discount for all households on their bills in April – but you will have to pay this.
You may also be eligible for help from the £500 million Household Support Fund.
Councils across the country are offering to help with essential costs, including bills and food.
Available help varies across the country, so Contact your local government to find out what is being offered in your area.
If you are not a Scottish Power customer, you should contact your provider to see what support is available.
Yes ready to help if you are not a British Gas customerbecause you can apply for a broader hardship fund.
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