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Warm Home Discount

10/07/2014

What is Warm Home Discount?

Warm Home Discount is a government-led scheme that was introduced in 2011. It involves the government and electricity suppliers working together to offer extra support to people struggling to afford their energy. There are a number of ways the scheme can offer support, including rebates. A rebate is a one-off payment towards a person's electricity costs. For 2014/15, the Warm Home Discount rebate is £140.

For winter 2014 to 2015, you could get a £140 discount on your electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

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

You qualify for the discount if on 12 July 2014 all of the following apply:

  • your 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)

Warm Home Discount

1. Warm Home Discount rebate

If you receive Pension Credit, you will automatically qualify for the Warm Home Discount rebate if, on 12 July 2014 (the qualifying date), you either:

Receive theGuarantee Creditelement of Pension Credit

or

Are aged 65 and over and receive both theGuarantee Credit and Savings Creditelements of Pension Credit

If this applies to you, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should write to you this autumn and let you know. They'll also tell us so we can pay your rebate. You don't need to apply for this.

2. Warm Home Discount – Support Plus rebate

Our customers, who do not automatically qualify for the Warm Home Discount rebate, can apply for Warm Home Discount – Support Plus. To qualify for Support Plus, you, or your partner living with you, must receive one of the following six benefit combinations:

1. Income Support and...

You have a child under the age of five who lives with you, or


Disability Living Allowance for a child who lives with you, or


You, or another adult living with you, receive any one of the following additions to Income Support

  • Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
  • Long-term Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance

2. Income-related Employment and Support Allowance and...

You have a child under the age of five who lives with you, or


Disability Living Allowance for a child who lives with you, or


You, or another adult living with you, receive any one of the following additions to Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • A work-related activity or support group component
  • Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
  • Long-term Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance

3. Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and...

You have a child under the age of five who lives with you, or


Disability Living Allowance for a child who lives with you, or


You, or another adult living with you, receive any one of the following additions to Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

  • Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment
  • Long-term Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance

4. State Pension Credit - Savings Credit only*

*If you receive Pension Credit, you will AUTOMATICALLY qualify for the Warm Home Discount rebate if, on 12 July 2014 (the qualifying date), you either:

Receive the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit only, or


Are aged 65 and over and receive both the Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit elements of Pension Credit

If this applies, you SHOULD NOT APPLY for Support Plus.

5. Child Tax Credits and you have a household income of £16,010 or less

 

6. Working Tax Credit and you have a household income of £16,010 or less and...

You have a child under the age of five who lives with you, or


You are in receipt of a disabled worker element or severe disability element, or


You are aged 62 years or over

When are rebates paid?

Rebates will be paid from winter 2014** to the end of March 2015 as a one off payment.

If you qualify for the discount

If you qualify for the discount, you’ll get a letter this autumn/winter telling you either:

  • you don’t have to apply – you’ll get the discount automatically
  • you must apply by the deadline – the letter will tell you why and how

You’ll receive your letter by 24 December at the latest.

Write to the Warm Home Discount Team if you don’t get a letter but believe you qualify.

If you don’t qualify

Some suppliers can offer the discount to vulnerable people (eg those on a low income).

Each supplier has their own rules about who else (known as the ‘broader group’) can get this help.

Check with the supplier if you meet their rules for broader group help and how to apply for it.

Energy suppliers

The following suppliers are part of the scheme:

 

 


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