The British Gas Energy Trust has announced that its Individual and Families Debt Write Off Fund is now open for applications. Eligible applicants, regardless of whether they are a British Gas customer or not, can receive a grant of up to £1,500 to clear arrears with their energy supplier. However, customers of Eon, Eon Next, EDF, Scottish Power, and Octopus should apply to their respective funds instead.

When applying for the Individual and Families fund, it is important for the applicant to provide information on how they plan to manage their energy costs in the future. It is highly recommended that they seek professional money advice before applying, as there may be more suitable options available for their particular situation.

To be eligible for the grant, the applicant must meet several criteria, including living in England, Scotland or Wales, not having received a grant from the British Gas Energy Trust in the last 2 years, and seeking a grant to clear an outstanding debt on a current or open gas, electricity or dual fuel energy account in their name or be a member of that household. The energy account must relate to their main residence, and if their application is successful, the grant will be credited to their energy account – no cash payments will be made.

Additionally, the applicant must have electric and/or gas debt, be in or facing Fuel Poverty, and have received help from a money advice agency. If they do not meet all of these criteria, their application will not progress to assessment.