Martin Lewis warns thousands are missing out on free cash – how to claim £400 help now before you lose it | The Sun
MARTIN Lewis has warned that thousands of people could miss out on £400 free cash if they don't claim it now.
The finance expert warned viewers on the latest episode of The Martin Lewis Money Show Live.
Struggling households can get £400 free help towards their energy bills from the government.
He said: "Those on prepayment [meters], you'll get vouchers, they'll email you, they'll post it or they may text you about it so watch out for that.
"So many people haven't redeemed their vouchers."
He said that 20% of eligible people, often vulnerable, have not redeemed their vouchers from October and November.
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The help is being paid out over a six-month period, which started in October and will end in March.
Customers received a £66 discount in October and November, and then £67 in December through to March.
The discount is automatically taken off your bill, unless you’re on a traditional prepayment meter, where you’ll be sent vouchers via text, email or post to redeem.
The last batch of vouchers sent out by the Post Office in October was on Friday, October 14.
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As vouchers expire after 90 days, it means that the deadline for claiming these was Saturday, January 14 – which has now passed.
Martin also warned that households off-grid and on prepayment meters will begin to get their £200 cost of living vouchers any time now.
The support is part of The Alternative Fuel Payment (AFP) scheme and helps struggling households knock money off their energy bills.
But the MoneySavingExpert.com (MSE) founder warned that thousands of households are at risk of missing out because they haven't redeemed them.
Martin said the payments should all be made by the end of this month.
Roughly 2.5million households who live off the gas grid have been able to apply for the funds from the start of this week.
Brits will only get the cash if they warm their home using alternative energy sources such as heating oil, biomass and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
To be off the gas grid means you don't use mains gas. That means you'll only get the cash if you warm your home using alternative energy sources such as heating oil, biomass and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
Recent government data suggests that Northern Irish households rely on heating oil the most – and costs have risen by up to 120 per cent in recent months.
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If you're not eligible for the £200 or £150 for business, there's more you can receive.
Millions on benefits are in line for up to £1,350 in free cash from spring.
The help is aimed to help soften the blow of high energy bills, food costs and other necessities.
The first chunk of the £900 cost of living payment will be paid directly into claimants' accounts.
Unlike last year's help, this cost of living payment will be paid in three, not two, instalments.
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More than eight million people will get the help directly to their bank accounts, and the £900 help will be paid over the financial year.
And don't forget to keep checking your local council for the Household Support Fund scheme.
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