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On non-smart prepay for energy? What to do if you didn't get your £66 or £67 Government help voucher – or if you're struggling to redeem it

If you pay for energy by topping up and you're on a traditional (non-smart) meter, you should've received at least two £66 government energy support vouchers by now. Here's what you can do if you haven't got yours – or if you're having problems redeeming them.

31 January 2023

Energy suppliers are paying households up to £100 to cut electricity use at peak times this winter – here's how it works and how to sign up

Over a million households and businesses have joined energy firm schemes offering to pay people for cutting their usage at peak times this winter. We explain how these schemes work, which energy suppliers are offering them and how you can sign up.

31 January 2023

Live in Scotland? Check you're not missing out on a FREE £150 towards your energy bills

Scottish households on certain benefits can get £150 off their energy bills under the Warm Home Discount scheme – but, unlike in England and Wales, many in Scotland still need to apply. Here's how to check if you're eligible.

27 January 2023

Households in Northern Ireland, in park homes and those using alternative fuels will receive energy grants in 2023 - here's what you need to know

If you live in Northern Ireland, or you're in Great Britain but you don't pay for your energy bills directly or you use alternative fuels, you'll receive your up to £600 energy support payment in early 2023, the Government has confirmed.

24 January 2023

Martin Lewis: Students in England ‘dealt a blow’ as Government plans to increase maintenance loans by just 2.8% - what you need to know

Struggling students have been “dealt a blow” as loans to help with living costs will fall far short of rising inflation, based on Government plans. From September, English students will see a real term cut to maintenance loans of 8p in the £1 - a shortfall students or parents will have to make up for themselves.

20 January 2023

Pensioners expecting a winter cost of living payment should now have received theirs – here's what to do if you haven't

Nearly 12 million pensioners should have received their £150 or £300 cost of living payment by today, the Government has said. The non-repayable grants were paid as part of the existing Winter Fuel Payments scheme starting in November last year.

13 January 2023

Martin Lewis: Wholesale energy rates have plummeted and there are lots of myths about it – here's how it'll impact your energy bills founder Martin Lewis looks at why energy bills continue to rise despite falls in the price of wholesale gas. In the latest episode of ITV's The Martin Lewis Money Show Live (watch the full episode) Martin also looks at what's in store for energy bills for the rest of 2023.

11 January 2023

More cost of living payments of up to £1,350 to be paid after 5 April - here's what you need to know

Millions of struggling households will receive additional 'cost of living' payments in 2023 and 2024, with the first set of cash to be paid after 6 April, the Government has today confirmed.

3 January 2023

Energy grants worth millions of pounds are STILL available to help you pay your energy bills – check what your supplier is offering

Struggling to pay energy bills? Check if you can get a grant worth £1,000s from your supplier – plus how to apply.

29 December 2022

Martin Lewis and MSE among organisations urging energy firms to act over missing bill help vouchers for non-smart prepay users and its founder Martin Lewis are among a coalition of organisations calling on energy firms to take urgent action to ensure households on traditional prepayment meters can access the Government's vital energy help.

20 December 2022