Energy bills rebate

Energy Bills Support Scheme

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Please note that this scheme is administered by the energy companies, not by Central Bedfordshire Council. Millions of households across Great Britain will receive non-repayable discounts on their energy bills this winter. Full details are available on the Government website.

Alternative energy support schemes

In December the government announced further support for energy costs for certain households, which will be introduced in early 2023.

Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding (EBSS Alternative Funding)

People without a direct relationship to a domestic energy supplier, including many care home residents and those living in park homes, will receive a £400 discount on their fuel bills through EBSS Alternative Funding.

People eligible for support could include:

  • care home residents and others in care facilities/sheltered accommodation (wholly or partly self-funded)
  • park home residents, houseboats and caravans that can provide proof of address
  • social and private tenants who pay for energy through a landlord on a commercial supply
  • travellers
  • homes on a heat network/private wire
  • off-grid homes
  • farmhouses used for wholly domestic purposes

Alternative Fuel Payment (AFP)

The AFP is available to help households who use alternative fuels such as biomass or heating oil. Most households eligible for this support will receive payment automatically via their electricity supplier in February, with no need to take any action. Households who do need to apply for the AFP will be able to do so in January 2023.

How to apply

More information about both schemes is available on the Government’s website, and applications for both will be made to the Government and not to the Council. When we have more information about how to apply, we will update this page.