Lady on phone illustrating RBL energy bills help

Friday 14th October 2022

This initiative is open to the entire Armed Forces Community, including Serving personnel.

  • The RBL says many members of the Armed Forces community are unable to afford their fuel bills this winter
  • Over the last 12 months the RBL has seen a 20% increase in requests for support with food and household costs
  • The RBL is inviting members of the Armed Forces community struggling with their fuel bills to apply for new emergency energy top up grants of up to £200 per month

The Royal British Legion has recently seen an increase in the number of veterans and their families in need of help with the cost of living. Over the last 12 months the RBL has issued 20% more grants to help with food and basic living costs than in the previous year, and the charity anticipates that the number of applications for help with the most urgent needs such as food, clothing and temporary accommodation will jump significantly in the coming months.

In common with many charities, the RBL is taking further action to support its community and is today announcing a new set of emergency energy cost top up grants which will help those struggling to pay their energy bills with up to £200 per month depending on their financial circumstances.

The Royal British Legion’s Executive Director of Services, Antony Baines, said,

‘Many of the most vulnerable members of the Armed Forces community are facing this winter with genuine fear about how to pay their bills. Over the last year we have issued 20% more grants to some members of the Armed Forces community who simply cannot make ends meet. We sadly expect these figures to rise further, particularly over the Winter months. I am pleased to announce today that the RBL is now providing energy cost top up payments for those most in need through our new grants scheme. No one should have to worry about whether they will be able to keep the lights on, heat their homes or feed themselves and their families.’

Members of the Armed Forces community will in many cases face the same cost of living pressures as other people, but some are more vulnerable to rising costs.

The energy cost top up grant announced by the RBL is aimed at reducing the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on Serving personnel, veterans and their families in need of extra support and is designed to prevent them from reaching a point of crisis. Any member of the Armed Forces community wanting to access the grants can find out more and apply directly at rbl.org.uk/costofliving or call 0808 802 8080

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