For winter 2016 to 2017, you could get £140 off your electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
The money isn’t paid to you – it’s a one-off discount on your electricity bill between October and April.
Your electricity supplier was part of the scheme
Your name (or your partner’s) was on the bill
You were getting the Guarantee Credit element of pension credit (even if you get Savings Credit as well)
You may be able to apply directly to your electricity supplier for help if you don’t get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit but:
You’re on a low income.
You get certain means-tested benefits
Check with your supplier to see if you’re eligible and how to apply.
The Warm Home Discount Scheme (WHD) is funded by the energy suppliers. It provides direct and indirect financial support to vulnerable energy consumers. The WHD replaced the social tariffs and voluntary arrangements previously offered by energy suppliers.
The WHD scheme separates eligible households into two groups – the ‘Core’ group and the ‘Broader’ group.
The Core Group
Households in the Core Group will automatically receive the discount on their electricity bill without having to take any action. There may be instances where the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) issues some consumers with letters advising that they qualify for the WHD Core Group discount, but are unable to automatically process this with their supplier (due to issues such as the incorrect spelling of names on energy accounts). These consumers should refer to the letter from the DWP and contact their supplier for more information. Support under the Core Group is targeted at older, poorer pensioner households. Details about which households qualify for the Core Group discount are on the next page.
Householder qualifies for the 2016-17 Core Group discount if on 12 July 2015 all of the following apply:
The Broader Group
It is important to bear in mind that there is a cap on the number of households in the Broader Group; therefore some households may not receive the discount even if they meet the supplier’s criteria. Suppliers will have different qualifying criteria for the Broader Group rebate, therefore, it is possible consumers may not qualify for the Broader Group discount with a new supplier. For more information contact the supplier directly. It is important to remember that customers will have to apply each year for the Broader Group element but some suppliers may send reminders to customers to re-apply.
Manweb – see ScottishPower
Sainsbury’s Energy – see British Gas
Scottish Gas – see British Gas
Scottish Hydro – see SSE
Southern Electric – see SSE
SWALEC – see SSE
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