UK households set to get free £300 towards energy bill in bank account

UK households can claim a free £300 payment for their energy bills. As part of the expanded Household Support Fund, which was extended by the Conservative Party earlier this year, households can get £300 to help offset energy costs.

To apply for the household support fund applicants must be over the age of 16 and responsible for paying the electricity/gas bills for the property, a Blackpool Council resident and experiencing financial hardship and not have enough resources to meet your immediate short term needs.

Households must also not have received a Household Support fund payment in the last 12 months. There is no requirement to be in receipt of Universal Credit or other DWP benefits to apply for this fund, the council goes on to state.

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Applications submitted without the required supporting evidence will be automatically declined, the council has also said. The local authority warns: "When you submit your application you will be advised of an application reference number. Please quote this reference number in any correspondence regarding your claim. We aim to assess applications as quickly as possible and strictly in the date order they are received.

"Due to the expected high number of applications it may take several weeks before your application is considered. You will be contacted as soon as your application is assessed. The council has a guide for its local residents online.

" Please note applications submitted without the required evidence will be declined." It also said: "We are committed to tackling and preventing fraud in all its forms. If a claimant attempts to claim an award from the household support fund by making a false declaration or providing false evidence or statements they may have committed an offence under the Theft Act 1968.

"Where the council suspects fraud may have occurred it will investigate the matter as appropriate, they may lead to criminal proceedings."