You may have heard in the news that Ofgem, Britain’s independent energy regulator, is increasing the energy price cap from October 2021. The cap was introduced by Ofgem in 2019 to help customers struggling with increasing energy costs and is designed to ensure that people are charged fairly for energy consumption. The recent changes mean that from October, those on standard variable tariffs and pre-payment meters could see a yearly increase of £139 and £153 respectively.
Customers on a fixed tariff will not be affected by the cap, though you should keep an eye on when your current agreement ends and shop around for the best deal.
We’re here to help
Wolverhampton Homes tenants on a standard variable tariff or pre-payment meter are invited to apply for an Energy Support Grant.
Through our Energy Support Grant, we can provide free gas and electric top-ups to help you get ahead in preparation for the colder weather. You must be a Wolverhampton Homes tenant on a standard variable tariff or pre-payment meter to be eligible.
To apply for an Energy Support Grant, you just need to email firstname.lastname@example.org
In your email, please confirm your name, your address, your contact number, and what energy bills you need help with. Our Money Smart team will contact you back to let you know how we may assist you.
Applications are assessed on a case by case basis and the deadline for applications is Friday 24 September 2021.
I’m not eligible for a grant – is there any other help available?
Yes! Our Money Smart team is made up of money advice specialists. They can help with a wide range of financial matters, including:
- help with dealing with rent arrears
- advice and support applying for benefits, including Universal Credit
- access to affordable loans and grants
- advice about bank and credit union accounts
- advice and guidance about dealing with loan sharks
- help to get the best deals
- access to low-cost furniture