Government Funded Energy Discounts

We’re in an energy crisis, the Ofgem price cap has just increased and winter is just around the corner. For some, there are short-term options via government funded discounts.

However, even for those not entitled to claim Warm Home Discount, Winter fuel Payment or Cold Weather Payment, it is important that you do all that you can around the home to keep energy bills to a minimum.

 

Warm Home Discount

The government funded discount scheme enables eligible people to get £140 off their electricity bill over the winter months (October – March).

To qualify, you will either get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit, known as the ‘core group’, or, your income meets the energy suppliers criteria, known as the ‘broader group’.

If you are part of the ‘core group”, you be automatically enrolled and will receive a letter between October and December 2021 informing you how to get the discount.

For those who are part of the ‘broader group’, your electricity supplier decides who gets the discount, but the number of discounts suppliers can give is limited.

Check with your supplier as early as possible to see if you’re eligible and how to apply.

You should still check with suppliers even if you were eligible for a discount last year.

 

Winer Fuel Payment

If you were born on or before 26th September 1955, you could receive £100-£300 to help pay your heating bills.

You will receive your Winter Fuel Payment automatically if you are eligible and either:

  • receive State Pension
  • receive another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit)

Those who previously received a Winter Fuel Payment do not need to claim again unless you’ve deferred your state pension or moved abroad.

 

Cold Weather Payment

Those eligible will receive £25 for each 7-day period of very cold weather between 1st November 2021 and 31st March 2022.

After each period of very cold weather, you should get a payment within 14 working days, paid into the same bank or building society account as your benefit payments.

You may be eligible for Cold Weather Payments if you are receiving:

  • Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Support for Mortgage Interest

Only filling the kettle with the amount of water you require and turning down the thermostat by 1 degree are just two of many simple and straightforward ways to reduce how much energy you use around the home to save from £6 to £55 per year.

 

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