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Warm Home Discount £130 credit on Electricity bill

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Have you checked your eligibility for the warm home discount scheme. This years payment is £130 and will be credit straight to your electricity bill or sent in vouchers if you have a pre pay meter. This payment is on top of pensioner and cold weather payments. Cant this posted elsewhere on here so hope it isnt a duplicate post. Payments will be made before 31st March 2013 (in my experience it was much earlier than that i received it last year in December) Availability is limited so get calling.

"""The Warm Home Discount is a programme of support aimed at households who are living in, or are at risk of, fuel poverty. The scheme was introduced by Government on 1st April 2011 and will run for 4 years. Electricity suppliers will deliver the scheme and will primarily help qualifying customers by providing rebates on electricity accounts to help when bills may be higher over the winter period

Broader Group
customers are eligible for the Broader Group Warm Home Discount if they are in receipt of any of the following:
Income Support
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Who also have any of following:
Child Tax Credit
a disability premium, enhanced disability premium or sever disability premium
Disability Living Allowance (For an adult or child within the household)
Long term Incapacity Benefit
In addition if anyone has Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element, a child under five living with them, or a disabled child premium – However it is likely they are also already in receipt of Child Tax Credit.

Core Group
customers are eligible for the Core Group Warm Home Discount if on 21 July 2012 (the qualifying date) you are either:
aged under 80 and receiving only the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (no Savings Credit)
aged 80 or over and are receiving the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit, (even if you get Savings Credit as well)
If you are eligible for the Core Group Warm Home Discount the Department for Work and Pensions will contact you directly over the winter of 2012/13."""
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good for people who dont work, once again giving stuff away to people who don't contribute. Takes the mickey out modern day society!!
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I have to say, the attitude here of some people has taken the festive cheer away from me :( I am a young person who have found themselves registered disabled and not capable of work, genuinely. I can barely make journeys by myself anywhere without help. It's frustrating that a lot of people automatically group people on benefits as 'non contributing' and 'scroungers' [scroungers not being mentioned here, but it's only a matter of time]. Each person has their own personal circumstances, yes some people do abuse the benefits system, but don't lump everyone into that category. This money for my electric will help me a lot, with energy bills rising, I can barely afford to have my heating on as it is. I can't help not being able to work. I would love nothing more than to get up tomorrow and walk into a job but I can't. I don't go on holidays, I don't have fortunes to spend on christmas, and I certainly don't have the money to go out and buy designer labels [as the woman in the daily mail said she could yesterday.] I understand that those who work may have a problem with majority people on benefits recieveing this credit onto their bill, for for people like me, it does genuinely help, and makes a difference between a christmas spent freezing and a christmas where I can at least be in the warmth and spend it with my loved ones. Sorry if anyone takes offence to this, it just genuinely upsets me that people lump all those on benefits into one group, rather than realising that a lot of people have personal circumstances that mean they are in genuine need of help.
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erm I think letting people potentially freeze to death during winter because they are unemployed would be far worse of modern society surely? Idiots.
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WomenBedYear
good for people who dont work, once again giving stuff away to people who don't contribute. Takes the mickey out modern day society!!

Actually if you think long and hard about this one peeps, you will find its been targeted to people who are the most vulnerable in our society. For whom this extra money is really the difference between freezing, thus making their conditions worse or even in some cases cause their deaths. This isn't about "scroungers" as so many wrongly put it but this money can save lives. Or would people begrudge this, those who do need to find their moral compass.

WBY I would like you to take this in, people who are paid benefits of whatever kind pay taxes. What is VAT, its added to everything people purchase, so for the argument that people dont contribute is a myth of epic proportions. Without certain benefits being paid other areas of commerce would not exist and the knock on effects it creates would be harmful to the UK economy. Also people on benefits still have to pay exactly the same bills working people do. Living on benefits isn't a lifestyle choice either.

What I would say is be careful when applying for this scheme some people have been removed from the cheap tariffs thus whipping out any potential saving.



Edited By: damster on Dec 12, 2012 13:12

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1 Like #1
My mum got this, it'll be a big help for her.
#2
Is it just for pensioners, or people on benefits; particularly ESA and DLA? My partner and I receive both these benefits, and the only extra Christmas money we're entitled to is a £10 Christmas bonus, AFAIK.
#3
I've checked, and we aren't entitled, as neither of us are old enough, nor do we receive any of the benefits mentioned, apart from the 2 benefits listed above.
#4
Borofan47 if you have Income Based ESA then you are entitled to it

"""""""""Broader Group
customers are eligible for the Broader Group Warm Home Discount if they are in receipt of any of the following:

Income Support
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Who also have any of following:

Child Tax Credit
a disability premium, enhanced disability premium or sever disability premium
Disability Living Allowance (For an adult or child within the household)
Long term Incapacity Benefit
In addition if anyone has Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element, a child under five living with them, or a disabled child premium – However it is likely they are also already in receipt of Child Tax Credit""""""""""""
#5
thanks for post the info.
1 Like #6
Typical - not available to people in Northern Ireland
#7
put in for this but so far not heard back
#8
jackie1969uk
Borofan47 if you have Income Based ESA then you are entitled to it

"""""""""Broader Group
customers are eligible for the Broader Group Warm Home Discount if they are in receipt of any of the following:

Income Support
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Who also have any of following:

Child Tax Credit
a disability premium, enhanced disability premium or sever disability premium
Disability Living Allowance (For an adult or child within the household)
Long term Incapacity Benefit
In addition if anyone has Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element, a child under five living with them, or a disabled child premium – However it is likely they are also already in receipt of Child Tax Credit""""""""""""

That's how I read it at first, but I have to be in receipt of one benefit from the top section or two from the bottom sections. We are in receipt of income based jsa, but not in receipt of anything from list 3, so we fall outside of the criteria. I will contact EON, my supplier, to get confirmation of any entitlement, but my gut feeling is that we don't meet the criteria.
1 Like #9
I was told last year that my mother wasn't entitled to it by warmfront as she was in receipt of £2.38 pension saving element! I applied direct with British Gas as they do something similar it 6 - 8 weeks proof of her pension details and she got it. British Gas sent form out again this year took same amount of time and didn't need to provide proof this year, got it again. Worth contacting them even if you get told by warmfront your not entitled.
#10
Just so people know, if you're with British Gas, you won't get this credit until February/March 2013. I applied with British Gas and got it, thankfully. I was told it would go on my electricity meter so I could concentrate on my gas bill. I'm not sure about the other providers.


Thanks to the OP for posting this.
#11
good for people that can get it.

not:( elligible.
19 Likes #12
good for people who dont work, once again giving stuff away to people who don't contribute. Takes the mickey out modern day society!!
1 Like #13
WomenBedYear
good for people who dont work, once again giving stuff away to people who don't contribute. Takes the mickey out modern day society!!

+1
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erm I think letting people potentially freeze to death during winter because they are unemployed would be far worse of modern society surely? Idiots.
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Type your comment here...WomenBedYear37 minutes ago2 Likes #12
good for people who dont work, once again giving stuff away to people who don't contribute. Takes the mickey out modern day society!! - what/ who would you aim you illinformed nonsense too/about if you could spout it toward the unemployed or disabled . get off your high horse ffs
3 Likes #16
Unemployed, how about helping the people who actually give back. The more you give to people who don't do anything, the more they expect and idiots like yourselves are more than happy to see good money go to people who cannot be bothered to go out and look for a job!!! go ahead, the benefits system always works in the favour who people who nothing!
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WomenBedYear
good for people who dont work, once again giving stuff away to people who don't contribute. Takes the mickey out modern day society!!

Actually if you think long and hard about this one peeps, you will find its been targeted to people who are the most vulnerable in our society. For whom this extra money is really the difference between freezing, thus making their conditions worse or even in some cases cause their deaths. This isn't about "scroungers" as so many wrongly put it but this money can save lives. Or would people begrudge this, those who do need to find their moral compass.

WBY I would like you to take this in, people who are paid benefits of whatever kind pay taxes. What is VAT, its added to everything people purchase, so for the argument that people dont contribute is a myth of epic proportions. Without certain benefits being paid other areas of commerce would not exist and the knock on effects it creates would be harmful to the UK economy. Also people on benefits still have to pay exactly the same bills working people do. Living on benefits isn't a lifestyle choice either.

What I would say is be careful when applying for this scheme some people have been removed from the cheap tariffs thus whipping out any potential saving.



Edited By: damster on Dec 12, 2012 13:12
2 Likes #18
.... climbing onto my soapbox....


We should be more like the Americans in their principles regarding benefits e.g., they take any job they can and work, work, work.

Benefits should be a last resort and only for those who genuinely need it.
#19
Yeah without people on benefits the UK White lightning and Special Brew economy would plummet!

Couldn't help myself :P
suspended 1 Like #20
Thank you so much for this, I never realised I qualified for it as I thought it was only for pensioners. This will make a massive difference to me and my family. Heat added, no pun intended (_;)
1 Like #21
damster


What is VAT, its added to everything people purchase, so for the argument that people dont contribute is a myth of epic proportions.



Ermm - ****. If you are paying the VAT with the money you got from benefits, it does not mean you are contributing, it means the taxpayer who stumped up for your benefits is also paying for your VAT.
3 Likes #22
WomenBedYear
Unemployed, how about helping the people who actually give back. The more you give to people who don't do anything, the more they expect and idiots like yourselves are more than happy to see good money go to people who cannot be bothered to go out and look for a job!!! go ahead, the benefits system always works in the favour who people who nothing!

Actually my husband works, long hours at his job so you're wrong, I see no harm in helping people. You base everything you said on sweeping generalisation, for the majority of people benefits are not a career path, it's a long hard road being in receipt of benefits, bills don't go away, everything is just harder. All of the people I know on benefits are/were desperate to get off them.


Edited By: siren13577 on Dec 12, 2012 15:16
#23
good for people who dont work, once again giving stuff away to people who don't contribute. Takes the mickey out modern day society!!
+1

I have had enough of people I know on benefits being able to afford their nice holidays, Playstations and everything paid for them. I know people that work and get benefis due to the fact that they can't afford their own rent or mortgage. But still swan off on fantastic holidays. And because they have benefits, guess what, even more benefits get offered to them.

I'm part of a young family. Me my wife 1 child and 1 on the way. We dont get any benefits apart from the national child benefit. Times are hard but because I pay my way in life I get no help from the government. The costs of raising a child are high but we survive. Seeing the number of benefits that you could get if you dont work though is crazy, free childcare, free food, tax credits for lower incomes..... and much more. Yes I made my choice to have a family, but my complaint is that those that do contribute get little help compared to those that contribute much less or not at all.

To top this off I can't believe the people that complain that
the only extra Christmas money we're entitled to is a £10
!!!! lol.
£10 extra for what? Why should you get any extra because it's Christmas? I haven't had a bonus from work because it's Christmas, why should someone get one for sitting on their ****?

I think the sence of timing is perfect too. If you do actually pay your bills yourself, most energy companies are raising the price. E.On for example just did and can cost their customers over £100 per year. Oh hang on, how much discount is there being offered to people on benefits... oh yeah pretty much the same amount.


Edited By: sparx1981 on Dec 12, 2012 16:17
#24
The information is this thread is misleading because if you if you click to go to deal you have a phone number to ring and they only deal with people for the core group and not people regarding the broader group as I have just rung them regarding my brother who has severe learning difficulties and recieves certain benefits. The people on the phone tell you they don't deal with claims for broader group people and you should contact your energy supplier direct.
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WomenBedYear
good for people who dont work, once again giving stuff away to people who don't contribute. Takes the mickey out modern day society!!

Being registered disabled and no capable of work, therefore 'not contributing' I find the fact that you would like me to freeze to death this winter very christmassy. Thanks :)
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I have to say, the attitude here of some people has taken the festive cheer away from me :( I am a young person who have found themselves registered disabled and not capable of work, genuinely. I can barely make journeys by myself anywhere without help. It's frustrating that a lot of people automatically group people on benefits as 'non contributing' and 'scroungers' [scroungers not being mentioned here, but it's only a matter of time]. Each person has their own personal circumstances, yes some people do abuse the benefits system, but don't lump everyone into that category. This money for my electric will help me a lot, with energy bills rising, I can barely afford to have my heating on as it is. I can't help not being able to work. I would love nothing more than to get up tomorrow and walk into a job but I can't. I don't go on holidays, I don't have fortunes to spend on christmas, and I certainly don't have the money to go out and buy designer labels [as the woman in the daily mail said she could yesterday.] I understand that those who work may have a problem with majority people on benefits recieveing this credit onto their bill, for for people like me, it does genuinely help, and makes a difference between a christmas spent freezing and a christmas where I can at least be in the warmth and spend it with my loved ones. Sorry if anyone takes offence to this, it just genuinely upsets me that people lump all those on benefits into one group, rather than realising that a lot of people have personal circumstances that mean they are in genuine need of help.
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they should think of the wider group of people, not just people with benefits or disabilities. I work full time and so does my partner, we also can barely afford Xmas pressies ect. All the energy companies have put up their prices, its not just affecting people "who are on so called benefits ect" its affecting people like me and many others as well. All im saying is for the, once again people decide to help the ones they think are so called in need. When people who do pay their way are also struggling, jsut beacuse we have jobs does not meant we can afford everything.

P.S I agree with SPARX1981, I know and have heard quite a few people on benefits/disabiliy allowance, who can work but choose not because they system makes it easier for them to do nothing all day. If they are so hard done by, how come they always have the latest mobile phones, whilst claiming they cannot afford food. New clothese trainers, the latest xbox, playstation games and they cant afford heating. If your really that hard done by sell and use the money for food/heating!!!
#28
DAWNIE101
The information is this thread is misleading because if you if you click to go to deal you have a phone number to ring and they only deal with people for the core group and not people regarding the broader group as I have just rung them regarding my brother who has severe learning difficulties and recieves certain benefits. The people on the phone tell you they don't deal with claims for broader group people and you should contact your energy supplier direct.


Clicking on the link takes you to the main page. On part 3 eligibility it has a link on the suppliers who are part of the scheme and you claim direct if in the broader group. The telephone number is a helpling only and will direct you to your supplier if you fall into the broader group. The core group get it automatically. Your brother will be entitled, call your electricity provider.
#29
borofan47
jackie1969uk
Borofan47 if you have Income Based ESA then you are entitled to it

"""""""""Broader Group
customers are eligible for the Broader Group Warm Home Discount if they are in receipt of any of the following:

Income Support
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Who also have any of following:

Child Tax Credit
a disability premium, enhanced disability premium or sever disability premium
Disability Living Allowance (For an adult or child within the household)
Long term Incapacity Benefit
In addition if anyone has Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element, a child under five living with them, or a disabled child premium – However it is likely they are also already in receipt of Child Tax Credit""""""""""""

That's how I read it at first, but I have to be in receipt of one benefit from the top section or two from the bottom sections. We are in receipt of income based jsa, but not in receipt of anything from list 3, so we fall outside of the criteria. I will contact EON, my supplier, to get confirmation of any entitlement, but my gut feeling is that we don't meet the criteria.

You will be entitled as it is one from the top and one from the bottom list only, you are in same position as my son and we are entitled.

Edited By: jackie1969uk on Dec 12, 2012 17:25
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WomenBedYear
they should think of the wider group of people, not just people with benefits or disabilities. I work full time and so does my partner, we also can barely afford Xmas pressies ect. All the energy companies have put up their prices, its not just affecting people "who are on so called benefits ect" its affecting people like me and many others as well. All im saying is for the, once again people decide to help the ones they think are so called in need. When people who do pay their way are also struggling, jsut beacuse we have jobs does not meant we can afford everything.

Wider group do you realise how fiscally unsustainable that would be further putting the uk into debt. The government has targeted this money correctly, to the right people. The vast amounts of people on benefits cannot afford to eat let alone afford presents. That is the difference go on the internet and find out the real reality of the situation for millions of the UK's most vulnerable.

WomenBedYear
P.S I agree with SPARX1981, I know and have heard quite a few people on benefits/disabiliy allowance, who can work but choose not because they system makes it easier for them to do nothing all day. If they are so hard done by, how come they always have the latest mobile phones, whilst claiming they cannot afford food. New clothese trainers, the latest xbox, playstation games and they cant afford heating. If your really that hard done by sell and use the money for food/heating!!!

Heard people or know people, are people suddenly medical experts on every disability that allows them to make such grand statements. Your views are at best misleading at worse defamous. People are under the misinformed notion that people on benefits are living the life of Riley that simply is not the case. Also disabled people also can access other services that provide technology.


Make sure you shop around to make sure you are getting the best deal. Applications may take a while as well.



Edited By: damster on Dec 12, 2012 17:36
#31
I am disabled and I work. I can only work part time and I am in fuel poverty but don't get anything. It's my own fault for working but it's no consolation when I am sat in my front room with my hood up, covered by 2 sleeping bags and a hot water bottle. I thought I would be eligible last year and contacted my energy provider but I wasn't due anything. On the plus side, on the days/times I am in work I can use their heating and hot water!
#32
CGORST
I am disabled and I work. I can only work part time and I am in fuel poverty but don't get anything. It's my own fault for working but it's no consolation when I am sat in my front room with my hood up, covered by 2 sleeping bags and a hot water bottle. I thought I would be eligible last year and contacted my energy provider but I wasn't due anything. On the plus side, on the days/times I am in work I can use their heating and hot water!


See people with your circumstances should be eligible for this sort of thing. If you're not able to work full time and are disabled then you should be entitled to help. I literally cannot work, not even part time and it's due to genuine illness, but people with different disabilities are capable of different levels of work. I hope you can get any form of help and can still enjoy your christmas xx
#33
I work. im on £6.50 an hour, my 75% of my wage goes on my rent and council tax, the left over bills and food. I can only have my one storage heater on which is on economy 7 on as can't afford to put the other 2 on!. I have no car and cycle to work and Im pretty good with money and im finding it hard to survive now, wish we would get some help...
#34
It looks like we are not entitled to this money, as we only receive ESA (WRAG) and lower rate DLA. We are not retired, nor do we have any children. I filled in the online form, but the benefits we receive do not fulfil the criteria for entitlement.
#35
borofan47
It looks like we are not entitled to this money, as we only receive ESA (WRAG) and lower rate DLA. We are not retired, nor do we have any children. I filled in the online form, but the benefits we receive do not fulfil the criteria for entitlement.

Hi, I'm just wondering who your supplier is. I'm with EDF and there online form says that i am eligible as it says i need to be on income based esa for first choice and esa (WRAG) for second choice.
#36
Thank you for this. I too had no idea I qualified and this will help a great deal.
#37
mackenzie
borofan47
It looks like we are not entitled to this money, as we only receive ESA (WRAG) and lower rate DLA. We are not retired, nor do we have any children. I filled in the online form, but the benefits we receive do not fulfil the criteria for entitlement.

Hi, I'm just wondering who your supplier is. I'm with EDF and there online form says that i am eligible as it says i need to be on income based esa for first choice and esa (WRAG) for second choice.

My supplier is EON, and their criteria are different. http://www.eonenergy.com/for-your-home/Get-energy-efficient/how-are-we-helping/Warm-home-discount
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siren13577
WomenBedYear
Unemployed, how about helping the people who actually give back. The more you give to people who don't do anything, the more they expect and idiots like yourselves are more than happy to see good money go to people who cannot be bothered to go out and look for a job!!! go ahead, the benefits system always works in the favour who people who nothing!

Actually my husband works, long hours at his job so you're wrong, I see no harm in helping people. You base everything you said on sweeping generalisation, for the majority of people benefits are not a career path, it's a long hard road being in receipt of benefits, bills don't go away, everything is just harder. All of the people I know on benefits are/were desperate to get off them.


Thank you for this. I'm so tired of everyone who is unemployed being tarred with the same brush. I hate having to have benefits but until I find a job it's something I have to do. It's not something I am proud of or trying to stay in receipt of its unfortunately the situation I am in.
#39
Ellis456
I work. im on £6.50 an hour, my 75% of my wage goes on my rent and council tax, the left over bills and food. I can only have my one storage heater on which is on economy 7 on as can't afford to put the other 2 on!. I have no car and cycle to work and Im pretty good with money and im finding it hard to survive now, wish we would get some help...

From what I read some energy providers will give you it if you are on a low income, they have individual requirements.
#40
Just a heads up for people that don't know......Anyone that lives alone and pays council tax can get a single occupancy discount and you don't need to be on benefits.

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