Warm Home Discount is available to those on a low income, and in receipt of certain means-tested benefits
Keep Herefordshire Warm is a partnership between Herefordshire Council and Marches Energy Agency
The Warm Home Discount scheme offers a £140 energy bill discount to low income households. Offered by energy suppliers, many schemes are now open and operate on a first come, first served basis, so Keep Herefordshire Warm is urging residents to act fast to ensure they don’t miss out.
The discount is available to those on a low income, and in receipt of certain means-tested benefits. Many smaller suppliers are involved in the scheme this year for the first time; if an energy supplier was part of the scheme on 8 July 2018, residents meeting any of the following criteria may be eligible:
- Receives employment related benefits
- Is over 65
- Has a disability
- A child under 18 lives in the household or
- If the household spends a significant portion of income on energy bills
Residents who receive the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit will automatically qualify for the discount, and will receive a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions later this autumn.
Oliver Rothwell, Project Manager for Keep Herefordshire Warm said:
“With many suppliers announcing price increases over the summer, it’s more important than ever that eligible households claim their discount to help with their heating bills over the winter. We’re encouraging residents to contact Keep Herefordshire Warm without delay, where advisors can discuss the qualifying criteria and make applications on behalf of residents over the phone, should you qualify. Once suppliers have reached their target number for applications, schemes close abruptly - it really does pay off to apply early.”
The Keep Herefordshire Warm team are particularly keen to hear from households where particular health conditions call for extra heat at home, or where fixed low incomes mean affording bills in the colder months can be a real struggle.
As in previous years, the qualifying criteria varies slightly between energy suppliers; those who think they may be eligible can call Keep Herefordshire Warm for free on 0800 677 1432.
If an eligible applicant is successful, £140 will automatically be deducted by the provider from their winter 2018-19 energy bill by the end of March 2019. The Warm Home Discount is separate from, and will not affect, any Cold Weather Payments or Winter Fuel Payments.
Visit the Herefordshire Council website for information about financial help with energy bills, and how to stay warm, stay well this winter.
Published: Thursday, 18th October 2018