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Warm Home Discount: £140 Free Electric (For Those Who Qualify)

Warm Home Discount: £140 Free Electric (For Those Who Qualify)

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It's coming up to that time of year again when you can apply for the warm home discount.

For those who haven't had it before there's a bit of information below. I'm with the Hydro electric (SSE) and get it automatically but I still like to put my application in anyway just to make sure. They are taking applications now but it seems for some of other companies that it will be the 15th of October, however you should still be able to register your interest, providing you meet the qualifying criteria. This payment has helped us out for the last 6 years and is a lifesaver at that time of year 😊

Here's how to see if you qualify and how to apply

You could get £140 off your electricity bill under the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

The money is not paid to you - it’s a one-off discount on your electricity bill, between September and March.

You may be able to get the discount on your gas bill instead if your supplier provides you with both gas and electricity. Contact your supplier to find out.

The Warm Home Discount Scheme for winter 2017 to 2018 closed on 31 March 2018. The 2018 to 2019 scheme will start on 15 October 2018.

The discount will not affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment.

Eligibility

There are 2 ways to qualify 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 you apply for the Warm Home Discount Scheme depends on how you qualify for the discount.

Pre-pay or pay-as-you-go meters

You can still qualify for the discount if you use a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go electricity meter.

Your electricity supplier can tell you how you’ll get the discount if you’re eligible, for example a voucher you can use to top up your meter

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racheltasker
racheltasker2 months ago

Ta

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Nikki2017
Nikki2017
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2 months ago

Your welcome, it's a godsend at Xmas time not to have to worry about electric 😊

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CherylParry
CherylParry2 months ago

Utilita opened applications in August and have now closed, so it depends on who you are with, nice to get £140 next Spring, although we could do with it in the winter.

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Nikki2017
Nikki2017
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2 months ago

We get ours in the winter, we've had ours at Xmas last few years 🤔 I've just went back and checked, the 15th november my last one credited. That's really strange you don't get yours till spring 😢

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap2 months ago

we could do with it

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LolaEl
LolaEl2 months ago

Hi, just wondering is any of you could help. They say low income but I can’t see any mention of how much that is?

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lyn4eva
lyn4eva2 months ago

Hi, if its with British Gas or Sainsburys, they have quoted £16,000 or less as low income. Hope this helps.

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Nikki2017
Nikki2017
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2 months ago

I'm not sure what the cut off is but if your struggling the best thing (I think) to do would be to put an application in and let them decide. If your on certain benefits, different suppliers etc it will be different for each criteria x

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joolsiejule
joolsiejule2 months ago

Very helpful post with so many struggling.

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Nikki2017
Nikki2017
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2 months ago

That's what I was thinking, even if it helps one person who is struggling 🤞

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lyn4eva
lyn4eva2 months ago

Thank you so much for this post. I have applied for this, and its successful.

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Nikki2017
Nikki2017
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2 months ago

Yayyyyy that's fantastic 😁 it's such a lifesaver, if your circumstances don't change you should be entitled to it every year 😊

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NannyP
NannyP2 months ago

Does this not apply in Northern Ireland?

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Nikki2017
Nikki2017
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2 months ago

I'm sorry I really don't know how it works over there, I wouldn't want to guess😖 best thing to do is check with your supplier

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ElizabethC69869
ElizabethC698692 months ago

thanks

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Nikki2017
Nikki2017
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2 months ago

Your welcome😊

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summerdaze3
summerdaze32 months ago

To be honest iits not a freebie.its meant to help you with winter bill and not have to choose between heating and eating.

Maybe if they gave the disabled enough to live on we would not need to claim this.More so if you will never be able to work again just governments way of not giving us enough to live on xc

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Nikki2017
Nikki2017
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2 months ago

Maybe we wouldn't have to claim it if they gave us enough but the sad fact is at the moment they don't 🤷🏼‍♀️ It's too dangerous for me too work and we struggle on a daily basis so to not have to make that choice between topping up the meter or eating is a godsend. If it helps even just one person who wasn't previously aware (which it has) then It can only be a good thing. It's not something the dwp or the energy suppliers like to advertise unfortunately 😢

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DeniseCop
DeniseCop2 months ago

Thank you, so many people don't know about this

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Nikki2017
Nikki2017
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2 months ago

Your welcome. Your right a lot of people don't know and it's not something that neither the dwp or the energy suppliers like to advertise unfortunately. 🤞🤞🤞 it helps a few people out

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srasdale
srasdale2 months ago

Very interesting...haven't heard of this before! Thanks!

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Nikki2017
Nikki2017
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2 months ago

Your welcome, I hope it helps you as much as it helps our family😊

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CherylParry
CherylParry2 months ago
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