With winter just around the corner, it’s good to get prepared for the colder weather. If you’re worried about being able to afford fuel throughout winter, there are energy grants and discounts available that can help.
Warm Home Discount
The Warm Home Discount Scheme could give you get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022 if you qualify. There are two ways to qualify for the discount scheme:
• If you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit
• If you’re on a low income - and meet your energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme
Your energy supplier must be signed up for the scheme for you to apply, and they can only give out a limited number of discounts per year. If you are eligible, you will get a one-off discount on your electricity bill between September and March. Your electricity supplier will apply the discount to your bill by 31 March 2022.
If you have a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go meters, you can still apply. Your energy supplier will be in touch to let you know how to get the discount (e.g. a voucher to top up your meter).
Winter Fuel Payment
The Winter Fuel Payment is an annual one-off payment to help pay for heating during the winter. Anyone born on or before 5 January 1953 can get it, if they live in the UK or another eligible country. Find out more about the Winter Fuel Payment here.
Cold Weather Payment
If you are on a low fixed income from benefits, you may be able to get help with energy costs through the Cold Weather Payment. You will get Cold Weather Payments if you’re getting certain benefits and only if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below, over seven consecutive days.
You’ll get £25 for each 7-day period of very cold weather, between 1 November and 31 March, paid into the same bank account as your benefit payments, around 14 days later. Get more information here.
If you have any worries around money matters, our dedicated Income Maximisation Team are here. They provide a friendly, helpful and impartial ear, can give support and signpost you to the relevant help. You can get in touch with them at firstname.lastname@example.org.