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What is the Third Party Deductions (Fuel Direct) scheme?

The Third Party Deductions scheme – also known as Fuel Direct – allows you to pay off your energy debt and bills in small amounts over time. These payments come directly out of your benefits.

You can apply to join the scheme through EDF if you:

  • have an EDF energy account
  • owe us £71 or more in debt
  • can’t pay by Direct Debit or can’t have a prepayment meter.

You also need to be on at least one of these benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit.

What support is available if I can't join the Third Party Deductions scheme?

How the payments work
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) takes a set amount from your benefits each week to pay:

  • your energy debt (£3.75 will be taken each week to reduce your debt)
  • your ongoing energy costs (the amount will be based on your weekly energy use).

For example, if your average weekly energy use is £5.00, you’ll see £8.75 taken from your benefits each week (£5.00 for energy + £3.75 for debt = £8.75).

The DWP then pays that money directly to EDF, so you'll have no additional energy bills to pay from us.

How to apply
Find out more about the application process – or apply now below.

Prefer to pay off your debt now?
Make a payment in MyAccount (log in or sign up).

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