Support for charities and voluntary organisations has been announced as part of the Government's Energy Bill Relief Scheme. 

 

The scheme is aimed at helping to protect non-domestic energy customers, including voluntary sector organisations and charities from rising energy costs.

 

The scheme will cover energy use for six months from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023, and is in addition to the Energy Price Guarantee for households.

 

Organisations do not need to take action or apply to the scheme to access the support. Support (in the form of a p/kWh discount) will automatically be applied to bills and the level of price reduction for each business will vary depending on their contract type and circumstances.

 

The scheme will be available to everyone on a non-domestic contract subject to a small number of exclusions, for example organisations that use gas or electricity for the purpose of generating power that they are selling back to the grid, and those that agreed a fixed contract before the 1 April 2022.

 

Organisations on variable contracts will receive a discount, but there will be benefit, in particular, for smaller organisations who have recently moved off fixed tariffs to switch back to one.

 

Prime Minister Liz Truss said:

 

"I understand the huge pressure businesses, charities and public sector organisations are facing with their energy bills, which is why we are taking immediate action to support them over the winter and protect jobs and livelihoods.

 

"As we are doing for consumers, our new scheme will keep their energy bills down from October, providing certainty and peace of mind.

 

"At the same time, we are boosting Britain’s homegrown energy supply so we fix the root cause of the issues we are facing and ensure greater energy security for us all."

 

For further information on the details of the scheme, see the press release and accompanying guidance.

 

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