Customers on low incomes may be eligible for a discount on their energy bills, known as the Warm Home Discount. This year, it’s worth £140.
Some customers are automatically eligible (those on the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit).
Other customers have to apply to their electricity company for the Discount – and the application period is now open. There is only limited funding available, so it is a first come, first served system. Some energy suppliers are already reporting that they have allocated most of their funds.
You don’t have to be on Pension Credit to get access to the Discount. Working age households, those with young children, and those with disabilities or other vulnerabilities may also be eligible.
The DECC website has a link to all of the energy suppliers that offer the Discount. Scroll down to the Energy Suppliers section at:
If you know anyone who is on a low income or struggling with their energy bills, you should recommend that they call their electricity company. Remember it’s their current electricity supplier that gives them the discount – so you shouldn’t call their gas supplier. And note that each electricity company has its own eligibility criteria – some people have switched suppliers to get access to the discount.
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