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What is the warm home discount scheme and how do you apply for it?

MILLIONS of families can get £150 off their electricity bills this winter.

Struggling households are eligible for the Warm House Discount to help them combat rising costs.

It scheme is open to those on the lowest incomes but you don’t need to apply.

In previous years you could apply to your energy supplier for the bill discount if they offered it.

Households in England and Wales don’t need to apply to get the discount and they’ll automatically qualify if they are receiving certain benefits.

In Scotland, some customers will need to apply for cash.

Energy suppliers will automatically dish out the discount, which is £150 this year, as long as you were receiving certain benefits on or before Sunday, August 21.

What is the Warm Home Discount?

The Warm Home Discount is an automatic £150 discount off their energy bills between October 2022 and March 2023.

As it is a discount, no money is paid to you.

You’ll need to be a recipient of one or more of the following benefits to qualify:

If you weren’t claiming any of the above benefits on August 21 you won’t be eligible for the payment.

But thousands of pensioners could backdate successful claims for pension credit and still qualify for the Warm Home Discount now.

Pension credit rules all allow first-time claimants to backdate their benefit entitlement by three months.

So you’ll need to launch your claim by Friday, November 18 and then successfully get it backdated to cover the August 21 Warm Home Discount qualifying date.



How do I apply for the discount?

As of this year those living in England and Wales don’t need to apply for the Warm Home Discount.

You get the payment automatically if your electricity supplier is part of the Warm Home Discount scheme and you qualify.

Though energy regulator Ofgem says some people may be asked to contact a Government helpline to confirm their eligibility.

The money won’t be paid to you directly – it’ll be added as credit to your electricity account. This usually happens between October and April.

According to the website these are the energy suppliers signed up for the scheme:

  • Affect Energy – see Octopus Energy
  • Atlantic – see SSE
  • Boost
  • British Gas
  • British Gas Evolve (formerly British Gas X) – see British Gas
  • Bulb Energy
  • Co-op Energy – see Octopus Energy
  • E (Gas and Electricity)
  • Ecotricity
  • E.ON
  • E.ON Next
  • EDF
  • GEUK (Green Energy UK)
  • Good Energy
  • London Power
  • M&S Energy
  • Nabuh Energy
  • Octopus Energy
  • Outfox the Market
  • OVO
  • Rebel Energy
  • Sainsbury’s Energy
  • Scottish Gas – see British Gas
  • Scottish Hydro – see SSE
  • ScottishPower
  • Shell Energy Retail
  • So Energy
  • Southern Electric – see SSE
  • SSE
  • Swalec – see SSE
  • Utilita
  • Utility Warehouse

Please visit the Government website for more information.

Is it different from cold weather payments?

Yes. You may still be able to get a cold weather payment as well as the warm home discount.

The cold weather payment is a £25 payout to benefits claimants when temperatures in their area fall below zero degrees Celsius for seven consecutive days between November and March.

You don’t need to apply for the cold weather payment as it’s paid automatically.

What is the winter fuel payment?

If you were born on or before 25 September 1956 you could get between £250 and £600 to help you pay your heating bills.

This is known as a Winter Fuel Payment.

This year the amount you’ll get includes a pensioner cost of living payment.

This is between £150 and £300. You’ll only get this extra amount in winter 2022 to 2023.

You generally do not need to claim Winter Fuel Payment – you’ll get it automatically if you’re eligible.


We have rounded up all of the major money changes taking place this month including cost of living payments and discounts.

There are further payments and discounts coming out in December as well, such as the Universal Credit Christmas bonus.

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