We can confirm that the sale of our business to British Gas has now completed. British Gas will start writing to customers from week commencing 21st September inviting them to move across.

We will be here to continue supporting our customers and to make that journey as seamless as possible.

third-party-deductions

What are third-party deductions?

If you’re on certain benefits and you’re having trouble paying off fuel debts, you can arrange to pay them direct from your benefits. These payments are known as third-party deductions and used to be known as ‘Fuel Direct’.

Do I qualify?

To qualify you must be on one or more of the following benefits:

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

Every time your benefits are paid, £3.65 from each one will be taken off to pay off the debt you owe.

An extra amount will also be taken to cover your bills in the future. This amount is decided by Jobcentre Plus or your pension centre. If it’s less than 25% of your benefits, the money can be deducted without you agreeing to it. You’ll be told what the amount is going to be, and if it’s going to change. If it’s going to be more than 25% of your benefits, you’ll be asked to agree to the deduction first.

Paying for your debt in this way is often cheaper and more convenient than paying through a pay-as-you-go meter.

Not found the answer you were looking for?

Please get in touch if you have any queries or complaints, and we will be happy to help you out with the information you need.