Tax credit claimants could get gas rebates

Published on 24 March 2006

According to an article recently published on the BBC Radio 4 Money Box website, if you are in receipt of certain benefits including Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit and Pension Credit, you might be eligible to receive a rebate off your gas and electricity bill via the British Gas rebate scheme.

What is it?

British Gas will be offering rebates (in the form of a reduced bill) to 300,000 of their qualifying customers for winter 2006/2007.

How much is it and when will it be paid?

The rebates will be up to £90. There will be a £60 rebate for eligible gas customers (£30 off the last quarterly bill of 2006 and £30 off the first quarterly bill of 2007) and a £30 rebate for eligible electricity payments (£15 off the last quarterly bill of 2006 and £15 off the first quarterly bill of 2007). Both payments will be credited to the relevant energy bill.

Who qualifies for the rebate?

To be eligible for the rebate you must be a single or dual fuel customer in receipt of one of the following benefits:

Disability Living Allowance
Pension Credit
Attendance Allowance
War Disablement Pension, which includes either a Mobility Supplement or Constant Attendance Allowance
Disablement Pension, which includes Constant Attendance Allowance
Carer's Allowance
Severe Disability Allowance
Child Tax Credit and with an annual household income of £14,600 or less
Working Tax Credit and with an annual household income of £14,600 or less
Council Tax Benefit
Housing Benefit
Income Support
Income based Job Seeker's Allowance

How do I apply?

Contact the registration line on 0845 601 2006.

It is important to note that not everyone who qualifies will receive the rebate as it is offered to only 300,000 customers.

Click here to see the full article on the BBC website:

To see what other entitlements you may have if you receive Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit have a look at the passporting section of our website.

Contact Name: Victoria Todd (Tel: 0844 579 6700 , Fax: 0844 579 6701)

(24-03-2006)