The UK government announced further schemes on 19 December 2022 to provide certain households with more help towards their energy costs.

These schemes will be introduced in 2023.

Read the press release on GOV.UK.

This further help will be targeted at a small number of households in our area:

  • The Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding (EBSS AF) scheme will be targeted at households that missed out on the £400 energy bills discount scheme due to not having a direct contractual relationship with their electricity supplier. Customers who are eligible for support under the main energy bills discount scheme will not be eligible for EBSS AF.
  • The Alternative Fuel Payment (AFP) scheme will be directed to those households that heat their homes using alternative energy sources, such as oil, coal, liquified petroleum gas (LPG) or biomass rather than gas or electricity.

Applications for these schemes will be made on GOV.UK and not to Medway Council.

We are waiting for further information from the UK government about exactly how these schemes will operate and what our role will be. Therefore, we are not able to answer any questions about either of these schemes.

As soon as we have more information we will update this page.