Energy bills: thousands of UK households in limbo over £400 support

Thousands of people living in homes with centrally supplied electricity are still waiting to hear if and when the UK government will pay them the £400 promised under the energy bills support scheme.

While those living in conventional homes with standard electricity meters are due to receive their second monthly payment of £66, concern is growing among some of the several hundred thousand households that receive their electricity via a communal supply that they will not see any of the money they have been promised.

The government has told campaigners an announcement on how they will be paid will be made within “weeks rather than months”.

The energy bills support scheme, announced by the then chancellor, Rishi Sunak, in February, provides a £400 discount to households via reduced domestic electricity bills spread over six months between October 2022 and March 2023.

While payments have been arriving for those who live in standard homes and pay for their energy by direct debt, the scheme has been beset with problems getting the money to other groups.


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