No energy payment for coin meter customers?

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beatthebookienet
beatthebookienet Posts: 41 Forumite
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edited 7 November 2022 at 6:22PM in Energy
I have looked into the £400 energy payment but can't find any information about people who have coin-operated meters in their home.

I pay for electricity with £1 and £2 coins. My gas/heating is included as part of my rent (I have no control over it so it's completely off for 6 months of the year). 

Does anyone know where me and my neighbours stand on this?

It seems unfair if rich people who own expensive houses get financial help but us that can only afford to rent a cheap 1 bedroom flat with a coin meter don't get anything. One of my neighbours struggles so much to pay the electricity that she asks to borrow £1 coins from others
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  • ariarnia
    ariarnia Posts: 4,225 Forumite
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    i think the problem isnt that you have a coin meter (pre pay meters are eligible) but if you dont have an account with an energy supplier (you buy your electric from your landlord) 

    the government were working on a way for people who dont have there own electric account to get the 400 but i havent heard anything recently. 

    this is the most recent i can find online from last week (and doesn't have any new info but shows they've not scrapped the idea)

    https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/money/energy-rebate-no-electricity-connection-28371287
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  • frugalmacdugal
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    Hi,
    there are no suppliers now still with coin meters, so your landlord as account holder will qualify.]
    Just curious, how many units do you get  for your £1-2?
  • Spoonie_Turtle
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    Hi,
    there are no suppliers now still with coin meters, so your landlord as account holder will qualify.]
    Just curious, how many units do you get  for your £1/2 for gas/electric?
    If they have a commercial contract for the flats rather than domestic then they won't.
  • macman
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    If your gas and electricity are included within your rent, why are you having to feed a private meter with coins?
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  • Spoonie_Turtle
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    macman said:
    If your gas and electricity are included within your rent, why are you having to feed a private meter with coins?
    OP only said the gas is included.
  • SAC2334
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    macman said:
    If your gas and electricity are included within your rent, why are you having to feed a private meter with coins?
    OP says only the gas heating  is included in the rent but it would be interesting to know how much electricity the £1 or £2 coins buy .
    In the past I have checked these on my rounds and taking into account no daily standing charges of 48 p a day he/she may be on a fair deal if it was nt for not being in the energy price guarantee reduction
    So OP, can you see exactly what £1 or £2 coin buys you in kwh s ( 1 unit on the meter is a kwh ) .I pay 33 p for my 1 kwh but also pay 48 p a day standing charge . 

    At the moment I am using 4 kwh s a day which costs me £1.32 a day plus 48 p making daily total of £1.80 .
    But then up to April I am getting £67 a month reduction 
  • QrizB
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    macman said:
    If your gas and electricity are included within your rent, why are you having to feed a private meter with coins?
    From the OP, gas seems to be included but electricity isn't.
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  • beatthebookienet
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    SAC2334 said:
    macman said:
    If your gas and electricity are included within your rent, why are you having to feed a private meter with coins?
    OP says only the gas heating  is included in the rent but it would be interesting to know how much electricity the £1 or £2 coins buy .
    In the past I have checked these on my rounds and taking into account no daily standing charges of 48 p a day he/she may be on a fair deal if it was nt for not being in the energy price guarantee reduction
    So OP, can you see exactly what £1 or £2 coin buys you in kwh s ( 1 unit on the meter is a kwh ) .I pay 33 p for my 1 kwh but also pay 48 p a day standing charge . 

    At the moment I am using 4 kwh s a day which costs me £1.32 a day plus 48 p making daily total of £1.80 .
    But then up to April I am getting £67 a month reduction 
    I'm not sure about the price per kWH or the standing charge (it says a standing charge can be programmed into the type of meter I have if they want), but nowadays it costs me around £1 in electricity per day.

    Which may not seem a lot but that's for a tiny 1 bedroom flat with me at work all day until 5pm and then at my gf's house most evenings.

    Bearing in mind the gas heating I have is factored into my rent, so I'm effectively still paying for it through rent increases instead of directly, but unable to have access to any help like those with direct contracts with energy companies.

    This energy scheme is another unfair idea that leaves out some of the poorest and may even allow the landlords to reap the benefits if they are getting the payment themselves

  • frugalmacdugal
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    Hi,
    can we have a photie of meter please, might get some idea from it.
  • Mstty
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    I have looked into the £400 energy payment but can't find any information about people who have coin-operated meters in their home.

    I pay for electricity with £1 and £2 coins. My gas/heating is included as part of my rent (I have no control over it so it's completely off for 6 months of the year). 

    Does anyone know where me and my neighbours stand on this?

    It seems unfair if rich people who own expensive houses get financial help but us that can only afford to rent a cheap 1 bedroom flat with a coin meter don't get anything. One of my neighbours struggles so much to pay the electricity that she asks to borrow £1 coins from others
    How well do you get on with your landlord?

    The reason I ask is because they may well be willing to share the £400 between them and you and whoever pays this way.

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