Introduction

If you are in arrears with your gas or electricity supplier, our pre-written letter is an effective way to ask your energy supplier to accept affordable repayments. All you will need to do is download the template for free and insert some account details to make it relevant to your situation. Adding a budget will also help show your energy supplier you are being honest and realistic about what you can afford to repay each month. 

Ofgem has your back! They state that energy suppliers must take into consideration a customer’s financial situation when negotiating affordable monthly repayments. Download our letters to get your energy company to agree to a repayment plan – and read on to learn more!

Letter Template

To Whom It May Concern

Regarding Case #: [your case number]* (required

Type of supply: [electricity/gas/both electricity and gas]* (required).

I am writing because we are unable to pay what we owe all at once.

I understand that I owe:
£[amount]* (required) for our electricity;
£[amount]* (required) for our gas.

Ofgem requires energy suppliers to consider customers’ circumstances and ability to pay when agreeing a debt-repayment plan.

I ask you agree a new repayment amount of £[enter amount per week/month]* (required).

[include a paragraph outlining the special circumstances you have that you want the energy supplier to take into account]* (required).

I enclose a copy of our budget sheet which shows that this is all I can afford.

Please reply to this letter in writing within 10 working days, confirming my new repayment rate, including any other information you feel would be relevant or helpful to me (for example trust fund information, energy efficiency information and so on).

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Downloadable Resource

The download links below take you to a Google document template where you can make a copy or save in any document format you like. Note, you may have to login to your Google account.

Download – Single (for one person)
Download – Joint (for couples)

Who should use our free letter template

Our free letter template to ask your energy supplier to accept affordable repayments can be used by anyone responsible for an energy debt in the UK. With rising energy prices, it is understandable that we may get caught out and don’t have enough to pay our latest bill on time without financial hardship. 

Sending our letter with your details will politely ask your energy company to agree to an amount you specify each month. Including a personal budget will add value to your argument and could help you get the repayment plan that works best for you.

Do energy companies have to offer me a repayment plan?

Ofgem states that energy suppliers should be reasonable and understanding of their customer’s financial situation. They go on to say that they should agree to repayment plans that do not put their customers into hardship. 

That’s why we refer to these statements within our free letter template you can download today. 

How long can an energy company backdate a bill?

A gas or electric supplier can only charge you for energy use within the last 12 months. So if you receive a bill that goes back further than a year, you do not need to pay this part of the bill. You will still be responsible for paying for the energy used within the last 12 months.

 It is the supplier’s responsibility to give you timely bills so you don’t get hit with a big bill at one time. That’s why you will never have to repay a bill that accounts for energy use from over one year ago. 

If you have been receiving estimated bills for over one year and the energy company finds out that you owe more from over a year ago, they cannot charge you for this either. 

If you are agreeing on a repayment plan, be aware of these rules and don’t include any unnecessary older bills in your repayments. 

Consider switching to a cheaper energy supplier

Most people in the UK were not making the most of the cheapest energy deals available to them because of the headaches involved with switching suppliers. This has been made easier thanks to the UK Government’s USwitch programme. You can call USwitch and they will ask some questions and tell you which provider would be cheapest for you. They’ll even take care of the switch for you.

It’s recommended to call USwitch every year to make sure you are saving the most money possible.

About the author

Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson is a financial services expert, with over 10 years’ experience in the industry, including 6 years in FCA regulated companies. Read more
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