Council urges 5,000 eligible East Devon households to claim £150 energy cash help before fund closes

Thousands of eligible households in East Devon are yet to claim the £150 government handout to help with rising energy costs.

East Devon District Council is urging the 5,000 entitled households to claim the money before the fund closes in September.

The rebate – which does not need to be paid back – can be transferred into your bank account, or taken off your energy bill.

Over the next fortnight EDDC will send out reminder letters to those addresses where the rebate has yet to be claimed.

The district council said more than £6.2million has been paid out to 41,500 households eligible to receive the energy rebate handout.

The council said around 5,000 households yet to claim were residents who live in a council tax band A to D home, or E for those receiving a disabled band reduction, who do not pay the charge through direct debit.

Councillor Jack Rowland, EDDC portfolio holder for finance, said: “It is vital that anyone eligible for the £150 rebate claims it before the scheme closes in September.

“We are all seeing the impact that inflation and the related price increases are having and this money will go a little way in helping.”

He added: “If you can’t access online, please just give the team a call as they are there to help you.”

The district council said the fastest way to apply for the rebate was though the EDDC online form.

A spokesperson for the district council said: “EDDC is now urging everyone, who hasn’t, to claim as soon as they can. This money does not need to be paid back, so you have nothing to lose by claiming.

“The quickest way to apply is through EDDC’s online form, however if you don’t have access to the internet or are struggling to complete the form, you can call the council directly.”

They added: “Over the next two weeks EDDC will be sending reminder letters to all eligible households who haven’t yet applied.

“If you have misplaced your letter or haven’t yet received one, this letter will include all the information you need to claim your £150.

“If you do not want to claim the rebate, please let us know so we can save time and money by not contacting you. You can let EDDC know through its online form.”

The district council said additional help for those struggling with the cost of living can be found here.

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