Additional Support for Low Income Families this Winter

Worried about Rising Energy Costs?

Concerned about making ends meet?

Does your family qualify for income related free school meals – pupil premium?

Bath & North East Somerset Council may have funds available to help you

The Government has provided an addition £967,000 of funding to help families like yours.

Some of this money will be used to provide food support during school holidays but 2000 grants of £250 are available to help with energy costs. To see if you can qualify contact B&NES Welfare support on 01225 477277 or email: More details below

To qualify for the scheme applicants need to be in receipt of one of the following benefits: 

  • Income Support 
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance 
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance 
  • Pension Credit Guaranteed Credit 
  • Housing Benefit 
  • Universal Credit 
  • Or on a low income – for the purpose of this scheme, low income means combined household earnings or pensions of less than £350 per week. Household means a person or unit of people who live together and all normally contribute, whether equally or not, to household bills.


  • Have capital of less than £2,000 

Applications should be made via the council’s website here or by contacting the Benefits team.  All applicants will need to provide evidence of their eligibility. 

Qualifying households will be entitled to one £250 payment in the form of a pre-paid debit card to pay for energy related bills including gas and electricity; topping up key-meters; purchasing other household fuels and paying for other energy related services such as boiler maintenance. 

The debit cards must be used by the scheme’s closing date of 31 March 2022.  Due to the limited funding available, once all funding is exhausted no further awards will be made.