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|The Warm Home Discount Scheme is a government-led initiative working with most energy suppliers to provide some extra help towards your energy bill to households that need it. The money is not paid to you – it’s a one-off discount on your bill, usually between September and March each year.|
|How does it work?
Energy suppliers release a list of criteria that may vary each year, which a household must meet in order to qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme. If your household does meets them, you can apply. Many energy suppliers have recently released their criteria for 2020/2021 so if you are on Pension Credit or other benefits it’s worth checking now with your energy supplier to see if you are eligible for a one-time deduction on your bill of £140 this coming winter! The scheme has limited numbers with early cut-off dates and varies across suppliers, so it’s important to check as soon as you can. You can qualify in two ways:
Core Group –
If you are not receiving the guarantee credit element of Pension Credit you may still be eligible to apply for the discount if you claim other benefits such as, but not limited to – Income Support; Income based Job Seekers Allowance; or Universal Credit. Claiming is not automatic for the Broader Group and requires you to apply directly with your energy supplier. Suppliers may have different qualifying criteria and application processes, contact your supplier as soon as possible to find out if they offer the Warm Home Discount and what criteria they set for claiming under the Broader Group. The number of Broader Group rebates are often limited each year, and are often awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. You may be too late for this winter but it’s worth setting up for the 2021-2022 winter months.
|What if I switch energy suppliers?
Switching energy suppliers is simple and may offer you a better energy deal which could save you hundreds of pounds, especially if you haven’t switched in the past few years. However, if you receive (or hope to receive) the Warm Home Discount you should bear in mind that not all energy suppliers participate in the scheme.
Broader Group applications cannot be transferred between suppliers. This means that even if you switch to a different supplier that participates in the Warm Home Discount scheme, you will need to resubmit your application. You may wish to check the eligibility criteria before you make any switch as different suppliers can set different rules, you may qualify for the scheme with one supplier but not another.
What should I do next?
To find out whether your supplier participates in the Warm Home Discount Scheme, view participating suppliers at Gov.uk.
If you think you are eligible for the Core Group and have not received a letter from the DWP, phone the Warm Home Discount Scheme helpline on 0800 731 0214 to check.
For further information on all aspects of the scheme visit the Gov.uk website.