Energy support schemes now open for applications

Farmhouses without a domestic electricity connection can now apply for £400 in support payments towards their energy bills.

Alternative funding for the Energy Bills Support Scheme is available for households in England, Scotland and Wales that have not already received payments.

Eligible homes include those that have a separate domestic home within a non-domestic property, such as farmhouses.

See also: Rural households to receive £200 energy payouts

Applicants can check eligibility and apply for a one-off payment through the government website.

A response should be provided within six weeks of application.

The Tenant Farmers Association has warned of potential fraudulent communications around the scheme and is urging farmers to make sure they verify the link used prior to making an application.

Alternative fuel payment

A £200 alternative fuel payment is also now open for applications.

This payment is for households that use alternative fuels such as oil, liquid petroleum gas or solid fuel for the majority of their heating.

Most payments will be made automatically. However, if it has not been received, an application can be made online.

Northern Ireland

Farm households in Northern Ireland are eligible for a £600 support payment, made up of both the £200 alternative fuel payment and a £400 payment as part of the Energy Bills Support Scheme.

Applications from Northern Ireland should be made separately here.