Martin Lewis warns Brit with hefty £5k energy bill to check for £750 grant

Energy bills are expected to rise in the next month.

Now Martin Lewis has urged a household with a hefty £5,000 bill to see if they're eligible for a grant.

The costs are due to increase by £693 a year for the average household from April 1.

But many households could well be paying even more than that.

A caller to ITV's This Morning programme said her annual bill was estimated to be £5,000.

Speaking on the show, the woman, named Marie, said her son needs a ventilator for 22 hours of the day.

Now the Money Saving Expert warned her the bill was going to get more expensive.

He said: "That's going to get bigger.

"I think we are at near-crisis stage for many people with disabilities and vulnerabilities at the moment.

"£5,000 is not an excessive bill compared to some of the people out there, it is going to get even higher.

"Intervention is absolutely critical."

Martin said there is financial help for people struggling with their energy bills.

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He suggested calling someone like National Energy Action.

The guru added: "You can see if there are any of the energy company trust funds that are available to help.

"And check if there is anything you are missing out on in a one-on-one assessment of your situation."

National Energy Action is a charity that helps Brits with fuel poverty.

Many energy companies have launched hardship funds to help customers with rising fuel bills and associated debt.

British Gas has launched its Winter Fund which gives customers up to £750 toward the cost of their bills.

It says the average payout per grant so far has been £510.

Other similar grants include the Ovo Energy Fund, E.ON Energy Fund, Bulb Energy Fund and the EDF Energy Customer Support Fund.

Also British Gas also has an Energy Trust Individual and Families grant that gives money off unpaid energy bills.

This is open to all customers, not just those with British Gas.

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