The British Gas Energy Trust is a registered charity, operating since 2004, to help individuals and families in poverty, suffering or other distress who are struggling to pay their gas and/or electricity debts. Applications to the Trust are welcomed from anyone living within England, Scotland or Wales.
The Trust helps by giving grants to:
- Clear gas and electricity debts.
Clear other priority household debts or purchase essential household items such as:
- Boiler replacement
- Energy efficent white goods
- Funeral arrears
- Bankruptcy/DRO/LILA (Scotland) fees. These payments are known as Further Assistance Payments (FAPs)
The aim of the Trust is to give vulnerable individuals and families a fresh start and enable them to remain debt free going forward. Applicants are strongly advised to seek money advice before applying to the Trust to increase your chance of a successful application.
In addition, the Trust operates an Organisational Grant Programme offering grants to charitable advice agencies to increase money advice / fuel debt prevention services available in communities, including the practical support of applying to the British Gas Energy Trust, if appropriate.
The Trust receives donations from British Gas, but is governed by a Board of Trustees which is completely independent of the donor company.