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Warm Home Discount Scheme

5 November 2019

Captain Cosy | Money Advice |

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Discover if you’re eligible for a £140 discount on your electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount Scheme this winter.

Each year energy companies provide a pot of money to help cover the extra energy costs over the winter. Not everyone gets the discount and each of the energy companies has slightly different qualifying criteria.

You may be able to apply for the Warm Home Discount if you:

  • Are in receipt of a low income (such as receiving Income Support, Universal Credit, Employment and Support Allowance or Jobseekers Allowance); and
  • Have someone living with you who has a disability; or
  • Have a child living with you who was born after 1st April 2011; or
  • Have a child living with you who is under 18 and in full time education

You may even qualify if you have children living in your house born on or before 1st April 2011 that qualify for free school meals.

Universal Credit: With some energy suppliers (e.g. Swalec) you can qualify for the Warm Home Discount even if you receive Universal Credit and earned an income of between £0 and £1,349 for at least one month during the period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 and you get the Housing Costs Element.

You must apply for the discount with the company that supplies your electricity. Some of the energy companies allow you to apply online or over the phone, others have a paper form, which you will need to complete.

If you would like to check if you are entitled to a Warm Home Discount, speak to your energy supplier today. You can check here to see if your energy supplier is part of the scheme.

To find out more about the Warm House Discount Scheme, visit here.

If you need assistance in applying for the discount, contact Trivallis on 03000 030 888 and ask to speak to a member of the Money Advice Team.


Please note:

The discount won’t affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment.

If you receive the Guaranteed Credit element of Pension Credit, you do not need to apply for the Warm Home Discount as this should be paid to you automatically by your energy supplier.