The Warm Home Discount Scheme and how to apply for it

The Warm Home Discount is a government scheme, which can help people on a low income with the cost of their fuel bills through the winter months.

It is a one-off payment of £140 that is credited to your energy account or your pre-payment meter card/key, between September and March.

Do I qualify?

There are two groups who may qualify for the warm home discount scheme, a ‘core’ group and a ‘broader’ group.
The ‘core’ group is for those people who are getting the guarantee credit element of Pension Credit.

If you are receiving the guarantee credit element of Pension Credit, your name is on the energy account and your energy supplier is part of the scheme, then you should automatically get a letter telling you how to get the discount if you qualify.

If you receive the guarantee credit element of Pension Credit but do not receive a letter then you need to telephone the Warm Home Discount Team.

The ‘broader’ group is for people who are on a low income and meet their energy supplier’s criteria for claiming.

1. Income Support.
2. Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
3. Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA).
4. Universal Credit (low-income elements).
If you are claiming one of those benefits then you may also have to meet one of the following requirements:
1. Have Parental Responsibility for a child aged 5years or under.
2. Receive Child Tax Credit.
3. Receive Disabled Child Premium.
4. Receive Disability, Enhanced Disability or Severe Disability Premiums.
5. Receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

Check your supplier

Each energy supplier has different requirements for claiming the Warm Home Discount, and if you are unsure about if you qualify or not, then it is worth checking their website for more information.
If you are not receiving any of the listed benefits, but have an annual household income that is less than £16,190, then you should still apply.

How do I apply?

To apply for the Warm Home Discount Scheme, you need to apply directly to your energy supplier. This can be done by phone or through their website by filling in a short form, which can assess your eligibility.

It is very easy and quick to apply for the warm home discount scheme, and could help you save money on your energy bills through the winter months, when they tend to be more expensive.
You do need to be quick if you are going to apply, as most energy providers offer the discount on a first come first serve basis.

Here are some links to the most popular energy suppliers:

British Gas
Bulb Energy
EDF Energy
nPower
OVO
Scottish Power.
A full list of energy suppliers who participate in the scheme can be found here.

 

 

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