Supporting our residents
We know things are really tough for a lot of our residents at the moment, so we’re here for you.
Through our new partnership with Riverside, we’ve made additional funds available to support you. This includes:
— a new annual £500k Helping Hand Fund to support residents in need
— a new £250k Community Fund for groups to bid for to fund projects which will support residents.
In addition, the Government has introduced a number of energy price schemes to help households and businesses from escalating prices.
How to access support
Government Energy Support Schemes
In response to the rise in energy prices and market instability, the Government has introduced a number of energy price schemes to help households and businesses from escalating prices.
The Energy Price Guarantee (EPG) and Energy Bills Support Scheme (EBSS) will ensure that UK households will pay less on their energy bills this winter while businesses, charities and public sector organisations will be receiving equivalent levels of support this winter through the Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS). The Energy Prices Act 2022 provides for regulations to be made requiring third-party intermediaries, such as landlords, to pass support through to end users, such as tenants and leaseholders.
Changes to the Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS) from April 2023 - What you need to know
The Government has announced a new energy support scheme that will replace the Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS) - the Energy Bills Discount Scheme (EBDS). It will run from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024.
We’ve listed more information on this and everything else you need to know about the new scheme below.
Further guidance on the legislation, eligibility and the responsibilities of intermediaries is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pass-through-requirements-for-energy-price-support-provided-to-intermediaries
If you are on a Heat Network, you can access 'Guidance on the Energy Bill Relief Scheme pass-through requirements for heat networks in the UK' here.