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