What is the Energy Bill Relief Scheme?
Definition of Energy Bill Relief Scheme
The Energy Bill Relief Scheme is a UK government initiative to help non-domestic energy customers pay their energy bills. Under the scheme, the government will provide a discount on the unit prices of energy that suppliers charge to businesses and other eligible energy customers in England, Scotland and Wales between 1st October 2022 and 31st March 2023.
Businesses in Northern Ireland are not eligible for this relief but will receive similar support through a dedicated Northern Ireland Energy Bill Relief Scheme.
Who is eligible for the scheme?
The scheme is available to anyone in England, Scotland or Wales who is on a non-domestic energy contract, so long as they meet the government’s eligibility criteria. This includes businesses, voluntary organisations such as charities and public sector organisations such as schools and hospitals.
Business owners who work from home and pay for their energy through a domestic contract are not eligible for the Energy Bill Relief Scheme, but will receive support through the separate Energy Bills Support Scheme.
How to get the relief
Energy providers will apply the discount to all eligible customers’ bills automatically from October 2022, so businesses do not need to take any action. More information about the amount of the reduction is available on the government’s website.