You can ask to have your fuel bill and arrears paid directly from any of the following benefits:
- universal credit
- income support
- income-based jobseeker’s allowance (JSA)
- income-related employment and support allowance (ESA)
- pension credit.
An amount is deducted from your regular benefit payment and paid to your fuel supplier every three months. This is sometimes called Fuel Direct.
This option may help you to budget for your fuel costs over the year. It spreads the cost of winter bills. It could make the difference between having the heating on or not.
Contact a welfare benefits adviser if you have trouble setting up Fuel Direct.
Find out more from Gov.uk