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Help with keeping warm this winter – are you eligible for the Warm Home Discount?


Are you or anyone you know eligible for the Warm Home Discount? This is a government scheme that provides help with energy costs for people who are on a low income or receive certain means tested benefits. If you’re eligible and your energy supplier is part of the scheme you will have £140 taken off your bill.
Many people will receive the discount automatically without having to apply. This will be the case if, on 8th July 2018, you were receiving the Guarantee element of Pension Credit, your energy supplier was part of the scheme and you or your partner’s name was on the energy bill. Customers who meet these criteria should receive a letter by 7th December giving details of their application and what to do next.
If you don’t receive the discount automatically but you are on a low income or in receipt of benefits it is worth finding out whether you might be eligible. Not all energy suppliers are part of the scheme so the first thing to do is to check that your supplier offers the discount. If they do you should make an application as soon as possible because there are a limited number of discounts available. Also different suppliers have different rules about who is eligible and the deadlines for applications.
If you find you are with a supplier that doesn’t offer the discount you may want to consider switching to a supplier that does. For help with switching visit the Citizens Advice energy switching tool at energycompare.citizensadvice.org.uk