The Royal British Legion
The UK's largest charity dedicated to supporting the armed forces community, has launched a grant scheme for veterans and their families who are struggling to pay their energy bills.
The initiative will provide non-repayable emergency grants of up to £2,400 a year (£200 a month) and is available across the UK.
Who can apply for the Royal British Legion grants
In general, the armed forces community includes those who have served, or are serving, in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force, as well as their families, dependants and carers – which can include children, current and former spouses and partners, widows and widowers.
However, the Royal British Legion uses a broad definition of "armed forces community" – so even if you're not sure you fit into one of the categories above, it's worth checking your eligibility on its website or by calling its helpline on 0808 802 8080.
If your application is successful, you'll get up to £200 a month for up to 12 months – the exact amount and duration will vary depending on your circumstances. You won't have to reapply every month, just the once.
In most cases, you won't be paid in cash. Instead, you'll get one or more of the following depending on your situation:
- Vouchers to top up your gas or electricity prepayment meter
- A virtual credit card you can use to pay utility bills (restricted to this use)
- Vouchers for food, clothing or household items
- Replacement white goods
Cost of Living Grants (britishlegion.org.uk)