Qualified advisers answering your
Financial Questions
call 0800 092 1245

Warm Home Discount Scheme is extended


The government have announced the expansion of a discount scheme which will allow an extra 200,000 pensioners to get help with their energy bills this winter.

The Warm Home Discount Scheme is a one off discount of £140 off energy bills, paid for by the energy companies. It is now being extended to include everyone who receives Pension Credit Guarantee for winter 2014/2015. This means more than 2 million people are now entitled to the discount.

Will you qualify?

You will now qualify for the discount if on the 12th July this year your supplier was part of the scheme and you were receiving the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit. Some suppliers can offer the discount to vulnerable people (eg those on a low income) but this will need to be queried with the individual energy company. If you qualify for the discount, this winter or autumn you will receive a letter advising you of whether you need to apply or not.

Steve Webb, a minister at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), said:
"As we approach winter, no one should have to go without heating because they can't afford to pay the bills.
“That’s why we have significantly extended the Warm Home Discount scheme – and increased its value – to give people peace of mind that they can keep their homes comfortable throughout the coldest months.”
Receipt of the £140 discount does not affect any Winter Fuel Allowance, Cold Weather Payments or other benefits that an individual or household may receive.

Need financial advice?

If you have any personal finance questions related to this news article, then please contact our financial advisers. You can get in touch by asking a question online, calling us on 0800 092 1245, or by arranging a visit.

Share this..

Related stories

Financial Guides

Financial Calculators

Our useful calculators can help you get your finances in order:

Latest News


Helpful new tax year facts that could affect you and your money

Blog | Seven helpful new 2016/2017 tax year facts that could affect you and your money. Our recent online blog shares a brief outline on how to stay up to date.

Read more

Useful Links

Popular Searches

Please Enter More Details

Enter More Details