Providing Affordable Utility Rates for Charities

If charities don’t keep a close eye on utility bills, they could very well be missing out on money that could be better spent in other areas of the organisation.

You’re there for others. And we’re here for you.

As a charity, church or other non-profit organisation, your enterprise is often treated as a business by external suppliers and third parties. But while you might operate like a profit making business, we think this doesn’t mean you should be charged like one.

We recognise the importance of your role to the lives of the people and communities you serve. We believe that by saving you unnecessary costs, we play a small part in helping you achieve your objectives.

We work with many of the UK’s leading charities, churches and other not-for-profit organisations. Our experience in this sector enables us to offer a service tailored to the unique nature of your organisation.

Read about how we’ve recently helped Age Concern Slough and Berkshire to streamline multiple site energy contracts, align end dates and make dramatic cost savings. Click Here

Reduced VAT for Charities

Under the Finance Acts 1993 and 1997, if your energy is used “otherwise than in the course of furtherance of a business” for at least 60% of its actual use, then your charity or not-for-profit organisation can receive all its power supply at a reduced rate of 5% VAT, as opposed to the standard rate of 20%.

Charities and non-profit organisations are entitled to a VAT reduction of 15% - from 20% to 5% - on energy used for non-business purposes, as well as exemption from the Climate Change Levy (CCL), which also reduces bills by 5%.

If you run a charity or not-for-profit organisation and weren't aware of this, you could be one of potentially thousands of charities across the UK that are paying too much for their business energy.

(Non-business activities are when there is no charge for products or services offered by the charity, or where the income is from a non-business grant or from voluntary donations. Business activities are where goods or services are given in return for payment.)

Does your business qualify for charity energy discounts?

All the following businesses may be eligible for reduced rate of VAT on business electricity and gas, as well as CCL exemption:

  • Charities (registered or unregistered)
  • Non-profit organisations
  • Village halls, sports clubs, community centres, etc.
  • Free schools and academies
  • Care homes

Businesses using less than 4,397 kWh/month of gas or 1,000 kWh/month of electricity.

Why choose United Gas & Power?

Reduce costs: With a deep understanding of your industry and competitive pricing strategy, we’re sure we can save you money on your renewal rates.

Personal Account Manager: No more overseas call centres and automated phone lines. We’ll give you a dedicated Account Manager who you’ll be able to contact directly with any account queries.

Simplicity: From aligning contract dates to easy-to-read bills with no hidden charges, we keep everything simple and easy to understand.

For further information or to discuss how we can help you, call our Charities Hotline on 0844 318 0044.

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What our customers say

"UGP saved us £4,500 on our previous supplier. We secured a 3-year contract with them as the service they offer is far better than anyone else. Our Account Manager is very patient, pleasant and not at all pushy. We strongly recommend UGP to all charities."

"UGP was so helpful in switching over our accounts, also saving us money. Our Account Manager took all the stress away by dealing with the entire process, keeping us updated throughout. They are such a refreshing change from other companies I’ve dealt with and always available if I have any queries."

"UGP’s excellent account management and customer services enables us to deal with our clients queries and issues as quickly as possible. This high level of customer care means that I can meet the varied needs of my clients across a diverse portfolio."