The Warm Home Discount scheme that opened on the 14th October helps elderly people and some of those on benefits meet the cost of energy bills every winter. For many, an automatic discount of £140 will be applied by energy suppliers to electricity bills anytime between now and March next year – but others eligible for the rebate need to take action to secure it as not all suppliers offer the discount automatically.
The vast majority of energy companies are signed up to the scheme, but some smaller suppliers are not. Switching supplier to a cheaper deal with a company that offers the discount may be an option.
Automatic deductions from bills are awarded to a ‘core group’ of customers – those receiving the ‘guarantee credit’ element of Pension Credit. Others fall into the ‘broader group’ and need to apply directly. For example, people on low incomes, in receipt of certain means-tested benefits such as income support or child tax credits, and who are looking after young children.
Discounts for this group may be limited so customers are advised to contact their suppliers at the earliest opportunity. If you are in the core group but do not receive a letter about the discount by December 6 call the helpline on 0800 731 0214.