Bulb’s hardship fund reopens, how to claim – and companies offering energy bills are helping Bedford News

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Leading energy supplier Bulb is offering up to £140 in financial assistance to households struggling to pay their bills.

Households could also receive help to buy energy-efficient appliances and cancel their debts.

What is the Distress Fund?

Bulb offers help with Citizen’s Advice, which will advise those who need help on energy savings and benefits.

They will also assess who is eligible for financial assistance for energy bills or debts and energy-efficient appliances.

The exact help available depends on your situation, but may include a non-refundable grant of £140.

You may also be able to get up to £2,000 of debt written off.

What did Bulb say?

A Bulb spokesperson said: “The Bulb Energy Fund is one of the ways we can help customers struggling with their energy bills.

“We may be able to provide financial grants, help with energy debt, or help with advice and energy-saving devices.

“Applications are open on our website.”

Bulb, which has more than a million UK customers, was placed under “special administration” in November 2021 after admitting it could no longer afford to keep afloat.

Have other energy companies offered a similar fund?

For British Gas customers, there are grants of up to £750, and you can get debts of up to £1,000 written off.

Ovo Energy Fund has listed a few ways it can offer advice and give grants to its clients on its website.

E.ON owns a series of funds such as the E.ON Energy Fund or the E.ON Next Energy Fund who can help customers through subsidies or by replacing appliances such as stoves, refrigerators or washing machines.

The exact eligibility criteria vary from one energy provider to another, and in some cases you will need to request certain benefits to apply.

Generally speaking, you will need to show proof of your income and explain why you are behind on your bills.

For alternatives, you can also use the free grant finder from the Turn2Us charity, and there are approximately 8,000 grants currently available.

You can also turn to one of the energy charities for more advice if you are having trouble with your bills:

They will also be able to help you if you think you have been treated unfairly and want to file a complaint.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-26 11:58:53

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