If you are experiencing financial difficulties the following may be helpful ...
The British Gas Energy Trust Fund
The British Gas Energy Trust offers grants to clear domestic gas and electricity debts. You can apply to the Trust if you are in need, hardship or other distress, particularly if you are unable to meet or pay charges for your supply of domestic energy services.
In exceptional circumstances grants can be awarded to clear other priority debts and purchase essential household items. These are known as Further Assistance Payments.
The Trust is able to help with the following Further Assistance Payments:
Water / Sewerage debts
Council Tax / Rent arrears
Bankruptcy deposits / Debt Relief Orders (DRO)
Boiler repairs / replacements
Essential household items e.g. washing machines, cookers etc.
The Trust is unable to award the following:
Fines for criminal offences
Educational / Training Needs
Tax or National Insurance Debts
Medical equipment, aids and adaptations
Overpayment of benefits
Catalogues, credit cards or personal loans
To apply online to the Trust please visit www.britishgasenergytrust.org.uk or call 01733 421060 to request an application form.
The Trust also funds a number of money advice organisations all over the UK to provide wider debt / money advice and assist with the completion of application forms to the Trust. For details of your nearest funded organisation please visit www.britishgasenergytrust.org.uk.
If you think you may be eligible for help, please Contact your Housing Team
who will refer you to British Gas Energy Trust, or click
here to visit their website
United Utilities Trust Fund
United Utilities Trust Fund is an independent grant making trust established in early 2005
A registered charity; the Trust is helping people out of poverty and debt - thanks to generous donations by United Utilities Water Plc
The policy and grant making is overseen by independent Trustees who ensure that the money goes where it is most needed
The Trustees set the policy and control and monitor the Trusts activities. The Trustees have entered into an agreement for day to day management and administration with Auriga Services Ltd who use their extensive expertise to administer other Trusts and to keep costs down by sharing overheads.
People unable to meet the cost of water charges and who live in the United Utilities area can apply for help
for more information