If you read the news regularly, you’ll often see that an energy company has had to increase their price yet again. The guy that represents them on TV will appear looking sullen and tell us how they have tried to put off the price rise for as long as they could, but they can’t hold out any longer. And then you find out that a company like Centrica (owners of British Gas) made a profit of £1.52bn in 2016.
In 2014, the average dual fuel price stood at a rather scary £1,344 per year. I’m not sure about you, but managing to pay over £100 per month can be a real struggle. Fortunately, the government has introduced the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
The scheme goes live every autumn. However, many electricity companies are allowing people to pre-register their interest now. And, the sooner you apply the better because funds are limited.
Warm Home Discount Scheme
The scheme was introduced in January 2015. The idea was simple – to tackle fuel poverty in Great Britain. If you are eligible, you don’t actually receive the money but will see a one-off £140 discount from your electricity bill. This is usually applied between October and March.
Who is eligible?
- your electricity supplier was part of the scheme
- your name (or your partner’s) was on the bill
- you were getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (even if you get Savings Credit as well)
Others will qualify, but the details for 2017/2018 scheme have yet to be finalised, so until they are, it’s very difficult to say who.
Last year, British Gas accepted people that received the following.
- Income Support.
- Income based Jobseekers’ Allowance.
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance (which includes a work related activity or support component).
- Universal Credit (low income elements).
How to claim
Once you have pre-registered and the scheme is ready to go, your electricity company will get in touch with you.
Which electricity suppliers are part of the scheme?
Manweb – see ScottishPower
Sainsbury’s Energy – see British Gas
Scottish Gas – see British Gas
Not sure if you qualify?
If you aren’t sure, then still register your interest. The worst that can happen is that they say ‘no.’