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How can Boost help me if Im struggling to pay for my energy?

We’re here to help if you’re in debt or can’t afford your energy 

What to do and where to get support if you’re in debt or can’t afford your energy. 


What do I do if I can’t afford to pay for my energy?

 

I can’t afford to pay for my energy. What can I do?

If you’re having money troubles, please talk to us about it and we'll do all we can to help you work things out. 


It’s worth taking a look to see if you’re eligible for the Boost Energy Fund (see below), as we might be able to give you a one-off payment if you’re in debt and you earn less than £16,190. 

In either case, whether you are or aren’t eligible, please call us on 0800 0699 831. Our care team will talk you through your options, such as payment plan based on your circumstances. 

 

What is the Boost Energy Fund?

It’s a fund to help people who’ve fallen into debt with Boost and who want to get their finances into better shape. If your application is successful, we’ll make a payment directly to your Boost balance, to bring it to £0 and clear your debt. 


Am I eligible for the Boost Energy Fund?

You can apply to the fund if:

  • You have or have had an account with Boost 
  • You’ve run up a debt on your gas or electricity meter of at least £150.
  • Your annual household income is £16,190 or less.
  • You have a valid reason affecting your ability to pay. 


How do I apply to the Boost Energy Fund?

Simply fill in the form on the link below:
Apply Now


How is my application assessed?

We work with the Plymouth branch of the award-winning charity Citizens Advice, which provides high-quality energy debt advice.


If your application is successful, Citizens Advice Plymouth will get in touch within 4-6 weeks of you submitting your application.


When you apply for the fund, we’ll start by offering a 1-hour telephone appointment with a Citizens Advice Plymouth Energy Advisor. They’ll talk you through all your options and explain how you can reduce your risk of debt in 3 ways:

  1. By making the most of your income.
  2. Using energy more efficiently. 
  3. Avoiding energy debt.

Our aim is to help you increase your long-term financial confidence and stability.


I’ve applied once for a grant from the fund. How soon can I reapply?

If your application is successful and you get a payment from the energy fund to clear your energy debt, we may ask you to wait 2 years before reapplying to the fund.

 

If your application is not successful, you can re-apply whenever you like if your circumstances change, but we’ll ask for evidence.

 

Where can I get help if I’m having problems completing the application form? 

If you’re having trouble filling in the form for any reason, you can ask a friend, relation or carer to help you. There’s a section in the form where they’ll need to write their details to show they filled in the form with you.

Help is also on hand from a Citizens Advice Plymouth Energy Advisor – just call 01752 507703 to speak to them.

 

Are there any terms and conditions for the Boost Energy Fund?

Yes, you can read the full Boost Energy Fund Terms and Conditions here.


Are there any charities or government organisations who can help?

There’s plenty of support out there, through various charity and government organisations, to give you advice when it comes to money worries. They are:


Step Change Debt Charity

The UK’s largest provider of free, independent debt advice, helping thousands of people every week to overcome debt problems.


Talk to them for free on 0800 138 1111 (Monday to Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday 8am-4pm).


They also have an online Debt Remedy tool. Simply answer a series of questions about your household, income and expenditure, and it’ll recommend how to manage your debts, based on your personal circumstances.

 

Fuel Direct 

The Fuel Direct scheme (part of the Department for Work and Pensions) can take the hassle out of paying your energy bills or debt by paying them directly from any of these benefits: 

  • Income Support.
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance Pension Credit.
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.

For more details, contact Jobcentre Plus (or your pension centre if you’re on Pension Credit). You’ll need:

  • Our details and how much you owe us.
  • Your customer account number.
  • Your National Insurance number.

 

National Debtline

Offering free advice in England and Wales through its helpline and online tool, My Money Steps.


My Money Steps will ask some questions about your income, spending and debts. It’ll then help you work out the best way to deal with your debts and give you step-by-step help and support to get back in control.


Call them on 0808 808 4000 (Monday to Friday 9am-9pm and Saturday 9.30am to 1pm).

Centre for Sustainable Energy
We’ve partnered with the energy saving advice experts at  Centre for Sustainable Energy to give you free, impartial advice on how to save energy and keep your home warm in winter.


Just have your name and account details ready when you call. And remember, if you’re of pensionable age; have a disability, hearing and/or visual impairment; or suffer from long-term ill health, there may be special help available, so don’t forget to mention this to us when you call.  


Call them on 0800 408 6601 or 0117 203 4264 for mobiles. (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)
Civil Legal Advice (CLA) 


Get free, confidential legal advice in England and Wales, if you’re eligible for legal aid. Call 0845 345 4 345 (Monday to Friday 9am-8pm and Saturday 9am-12.30pm).

 

Citizens Advice Bureau

For free advice and information on debt, drop into your local Citizens Advice Bureau or visit 

 

Ombudsman Services

If you have a problem sorting out a complaint with a gas or electricity company, the Ombudsman may be able to help on 0330 440 1624. 


However, you should only contact the Ombudsman after you’ve tried to resolve things directly with your gas or electricity company. So, if you’re with Boost, please tell us you’re unhappy before you contact them – and we’ll do our best to fix it. 

You can also get help from a Citizens Advice Plymouth Energy Advisor – just call 01752 507703.