Despite many of us hanging on for an Indian summer in September, temperatures are cooling off, and the days are noticeably shorter, and it won’t be long until households across the UK are turning up their central heating, which can lead to higher fuel bills over the winter period.
We are all looking for ways to help reduce our fuel bills, but to help with the mounting costs, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has reminded people that they could be eligible for a £140 discount on their electricity bills for 2021/22 winter season under the Warm Home Discount Scheme, which opens on 18 October.
The £140 is not paid directly to the claimant, but instead is a one-off discount on your electricity bill between October and March 2022. If your energy supplier provides you with both gas and electricity, then you may be able to get the discount on your gas bill instead.
Am I eligible?
There are two pathways to qualifying for the Warm Home Discount scheme:
- You get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit – known as the ‘core group’
- You’re on a low income and meet your energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme – known as the ‘broader group’
How to apply
Your electricity supplier decides who gets the discount, and the number of discounts available is limited, so be sure to check with your supplier as soon as possible to see if you’re eligible and how to apply, and they will add the discount to your bill by 31 March 2022.
For more information about the Warm Home Discount Scheme for winter 2021/22, visit the GOV.UK website here.
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