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You could get £140 off your bills this winter with the Warm Home Discount Scheme

Monday 29th October 2018

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You may be eligible for up to £140 as a one off discount on your electricity or gas bill this winter through the government and energy suppliers' Warm Home Discount Scheme.

Make sure you hurry because the scheme is offered on a first-come-first-served basis. The scheme applies in England, Scotland and Wales only.

How do I qualify for the scheme?

You will qualify for the scheme if your energy provider is part of the scheme and either:

  • You're a pensioner who receives the guarantee credit of Pension Credit; in this case you'll automatically be eligible for the rebate.
  • You fall into the 'broader group' of people that your energy supplier gives the discount to.

To be eligible, you or your partner's name must be on your energy bills and your supplier must take part in the scheme. The Gov.UK website lists all the energy firms that currently participate.

The discount is not paid to you - instead the £140 is deducted from your electricity or gas bill.

DO I FALL INTO THE BROADER GROUP?

The 'broader group' includes:

  • Parents who get either income support, income based job seekers allowance or income related employment and support allowance and who receive a disabled child premium in their award.
  • Parents who either get income support, income-based job seekers allowance or income-related employment and support allowance and who receive a disabled child premium in their child tax credit award.
  • Parents who don't receive one of the means-tested benefits above, but whose child tax credit award includes a disabled child element and whose tax credit award is based on an income for tax credits of £16,190 or less.
  • Parents who are not in paid employment and receive Universal Credit where your award includes a disabled child element and your annual income is £16,190 or less.

If any of the above applies to you, contact your energy supplier as soon as possible to apply for a Warm Home discount under the 'broader group'.

The number of discounts each company gives to customers in the 'broader group' is usually limited, so discounts tend to be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.

WHO ELSE MIGHT BE ELIGIBLE?

Other groups such as low income families with a child under five also qualify. Full details of the eligible groups can be found at table three on pages 28-29 of OFGEM's guidance [PDF].

Suppliers also have the discretion to apply more generous rules offering discounts to other groups on a low income. Contact your supplier for more details. To find out if your supplier is taking part in the scheme, visit the government's Warm Homes Discount Scheme webpage.

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