How do I get my £400 energy grant?

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All households will receive the £400 grant but you’ll need to check if you’re eligible for the others (Image: Getty Images)

Every household in the UK will be paid £400 to pay their rising energy bills, Rishi Sunak has announced.

The Chancellor revealed how he has changed his plan to help Britons overcome the cost of living crisis, including offering an energy boost to every household in England, Wales and Scotland.

First, the Chancellor offered a £200 loan for energy bills – which would be repaid over the coming years.

That changed today when Mr Sunak told MPs people didn’t have to pay the money back at all – and doubled it too.

Many will see this as welcome news, especially after energy regulator Ofgem announced that the price cap will be increased by £800 later this year.

But between all the tax rebates, energy rebates, and new benefit systems, the logistics can be very confusing.

So here’s everything you need to know about the part of the Energy Bills Support Scheme that applies to everyone.

There’s nothing to apply for or sign up for – your energy supplier will simply credit your account with the £400 so you don’t have to pay as much.

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The hardest hit families have to choose between eating and heating (Image: PA)

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How this discount is applied depends on how you get your electricity and gas.

If you pay by direct debit, which 69% of Brits do, the £400 will be split up and part of it deducted from your bill each month.

If your family uses a prepaid meter, the money will be added to your meter for you or you will receive vouchers.

The government will lay out the exact details of how everything will work in the coming weeks.

Similar schemes exist for the other forms of help available to people – a lump sum payment of £650 for beneficiaries, a £300 grant for pensioners and an additional £150 for disabled people.

These are usually applied automatically, but only to authorized persons. You can check the Treasury Department website.

In many cases – but not always – you are only eligible if you have already received these benefits or applied for them by yesterday.

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Justin Scaccy

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