Warm Home Discount Scheme: Am I eligible for £140 electricity bill discount?

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The Winter Home Discount does not intervene with cold weather payment or winter fuel payment (Jacob King/PA)
The Winter Home Discount does not intervene with cold weather payment or winter fuel payment (Jacob King/PA)

The Warm Home Discount Scheme, a one-off £140 discount for your electricity bill, will reopen in November for the upcoming winter season.

If you qualify, the amount is taken off your electricity bill between October 2022 and March 2023. The discount does not intervene with your cold weather payment or winter fuel payment and it is not paid directly to you.

You may be eligible to get the discount on your gas bill instead if your supplier provides you with both gas and electricity, known as a dual fuel tariff.

There are two ways to qualify for the scheme, and how you apply depends on how you qualify.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Who’s eligible for the £140 electricity bill discount?

You are eligible if you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit, known as the core group, or if you are on a low income and meet your energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme, known as the broader group.

If you’re part of the core group, you will receive a letter telling you how to get the discount. Your letter will let you know if you need to call a helpline by a certain date to confirm your details.

If you do not get the letter once the scheme is open and you think you are eligible for the core group, contact the Warm Home Discount helpline on 0800 731 0214.

If you are part of the broader group, our electricity supplier decides who can get the discount. They will usually contact you. If you haven’t heard anything, you need to check with your supplier as early as possible as the number of discounts they can give is limited.

Ofgem can appoint you to a new supplier if your supplier is no longer part of the scheme.

Pre-pay or pay-as-you-go electricity meter customers can apply for the Scheme.