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£400 payments for all Caithness households to help with soaring energy costs


By David G Scott

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Households in Caithness, along with the rest of the UK, will receive a one-off £400 grant from October for their energy bills.

This won’t need to be paid back. The previous £200 government loan has been scrapped.

A £400 grant will be given to all households in the Caithness.
A £400 grant will be given to all households in the Caithness.

The £400 payment should be debited to your energy account if you pay by credit or direct debit. If you have a prepayment meter you should have the money applied to your meter or you should receive a voucher. You should receive the payment over a six month period.

If you’re renting and the energy account is in your name, the rebate should be debited to your energy account or to your prepaid meter over a six month period. If your landlord deals with your energy bills, it’s worth speaking to them about what happens when they receive the rebate.

You could also receive benefits such as:

  • A £650 payment if you’re on means tested benefits
  • A one-off £300 pensioner cost of living payment
  • A £150 disability cost of living payment

What can I do to save energy?

  • Taking 4-minute showers could save £70 a year
  • Switching devices off standby could save £55 a year
  • Running one load of washing less a week at 30 degrees could save £28 a year
  • Air drying your clothes could save £60 a year
  • Not overfilling the kettle could save £36 a year
  • Turning off lights could save £20 a year
  • Running one less dishwasher load per week could save £14 a year
  • It’s also worth taking regular meter readings to make sure your bill is accurate.

The sharp increase in energy prices is partly due to higher demand for gas after restrictions for the Covid-19 pandemic eased. The war in Ukraine has also threatened supplies from Russia.

Find out more about cost of living support at GOV.UK.


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