Warm Home Discount may secure you £140 off your energy bills this winter – how to apply

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Through the Warm Home Discount, those in need of financial assistance can get a £140 reduction on their electric bill for the winter months of 2021 to early 2022. Unlike other benefit payments, the discount is not paid directly to claimants and is instead a one-off discount which is taken out between October and March. Also, the Warm Home Discount is administered by the claimant’s energy provider and not bodies like the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Claimants may be able to get a reduction on their gas bill if their provider deals with both their gas and electricity.

To get the Warm Home Discount, recipients must be getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit. This is known as the ‘core group’ of claimants.

Applications for this discount method open on October 18, 2021. Claimants will get a letter between that date and December informing them how to get the discount if they are eligible.

If they qualify, claimants of Pension Credit and the Warm Home Discount will receive their bill reduction by March 31, 2022.

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Alternatively, claimants could also be considered low income by the energy supplier who will determine their eligibility for the discount scheme. This is known as the ‘broader group’ of claimants.

In order to get this discount through their supplier, claimants must stick with their provider until the discount is paid.

Energy suppliers who take part in the Warm Home Discount scheme determine eligibility for those on low income with the reduction for those who qualify being administered by March 31, 2022.

Those who have pay-as-you-go or pre-pay meters are still eligible to receive the discount if any of this criteria is met.

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Reacting to last month’s Budget announcement, Ian Browne, retirement planning expert at Quilter, lamented the Government’s decision not to hike the Warm Home Discount amid rising living costs.

Mr Browne said: “The Government’s refusal to increase any of the social security payments for pensioners such as the Winter Fuel Payment, Cold Weather Payment, or the Warm Homes Discount will come as a huge blow to millions across the UK.

“This will further add to pensioner’s anger at the government after it downgraded the triple lock causing them to miss out on a potential eight percent increase in state pension payments.”

Currently, energy companies such as Ovo Energy, SSE, and Scottish Power are taking part in the discount scheme.

However, the country’s continuing energy crisis has resulted in a number of providers no longer operating which means less energy firms are taking part in the Warm Home Discount scheme.

Justina Miltienyte, an Energy Policy Expert at Uswitch.com, explained how the recent trend in energy companies going out of business is hurting those in most need of support.

Ms Miltienyte said: “Eligible consumers are in danger of falling through the cracks if their supplier goes bust and they are moved to another provider.

“The £140 may not be enough to balance out rising energy prices, but it will still be a lifeline to many people on low incomes this year.

“Thankfully, Warm Home Discount applications are still open with almost all the suppliers which were involved last year.

“This includes all the major providers who have taken on customers from those that have exited the market.

“If you believe you are eligible for the discount, we recommend that you apply for it through your supplier as soon as possible.

“Even if you applied with an energy company which has since gone bust and moved to a new provider, we recommend that you re-apply with the new supplier so you do not miss out.”



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