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warm home discount scheme - Free £130 credit on electric account for people on low income or disabled. ** Update 12/11/12

mrfun1981 Avatar
4y, 6m agoPosted 4 years, 6 months ago
Only found out about the scheme yesterday. An after a 5min phone call to British gas who supply my electric iv been approved for the £130 credit & it will be applied by march.

There is a set of criteria that has to be meet to get the payment. An each electric company might make slight differences to the criteria.

The link will provide a bit more information about the scheme with link's to the electric companies taking part in the scheme & phone numbers that should be called to apply for the payment.

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/funding/whds/whd_broader/whd_broader.aspx
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4y, 6m agoPosted 4 years, 6 months ago
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http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/funding/whds/whd_broader/whd_broader.aspx

Hope some of you can make use of it :)

Edited By: mrfun1981 on Jan 05, 2012 13:07: spelling mistake
8 Likes #2
uh oh,

INB4 everything
1 Like #3
Anything free for average earners?
#4
I gots it all wrong, again

Edited By: moose109 on Jan 05, 2012 12:41: Stupid idiot on keyboard mistake
2 Likes #5
oddballjamie
Anything free for average earners?


I do work part time hours & my pay is around £10,000 before tax. So depending on what you earn.

moose109
I can't remember where I read about it, but in most cases just switching to a cheaper tarrif works out better than these 'social' tarrifs.


Not sure if you read the information on the link, but this is NOT a social tariff. Its a complete one off payment and had no connection to what ever tariff you are on. I double checked this my self as im on a fixed price tariff and didnt want it to mess that up
1 Like #6
thanks to the OP, just spoke to my provider and they directed me to an online form
2 Likes #7
Another link, with information

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Pensionsandretirementplanning/Benefits/BenefitsInRetirement/DG_185940?CID=PRP&PLA=url_mon&CRE=warm_home

People on pension credit with the "Guarantee Credit element" will get this payment automatically as they dont need to apply for it
1 Like #8
OP thanks again i have just posted this on carers uk aswell
#9
Thank you mrfun :)

I never knew about this and it looks like I may be eligible.
#10
With scottish power you need to be on Jobseekers AND have a kid under 5 (or any age disabled). Pretty specific criteria.

No issue with people on carers allowance, etc, getting help. And the elderly. But those on Jobseekers? Nah, shouldn't happen IMO.
1 Like #11
its not really for people on "low incomes" as it doesnt help people who work on low incomes. and before I get backlashes, I KNOW how much you get as I was on benefits, and its a damn site more than what im getting now!
#12
ilovepink
thanks to the OP, just spoke to my provider and they directed me to an online form


Can you post a link to the online form please to save having to call e.t.c?
3 Likes #13
Im glad some people have found this useful & should be able to get the payment.

People can have there views if the payment is right or wrong. An im not going to get involved in that debate.

I just posted to try & help some people that might need that bit of a extra help while being on a low inome.
1 Like #14
godfatherman
ilovepink
thanks to the OP, just spoke to my provider and they directed me to an online form


Can you post a link to the online form please to save having to call e.t.c?


Each electric company, will have there own method for you to apply. So you will have to call up but trust me its only a 5 minute phone call


Edited By: mrfun1981 on Jan 05, 2012 13:00
#15
Great, yet another handout for those on benefits.............












OH wait that would include me.
#16
deb8z
moose109
I can't remember where I read about it, but in most cases just switching to a cheaper tarrif works out better than these 'social' tarrifs.

Just having a read,it seems to be a rebate,not changing tarrifs etc


Do you mean from essentials tariff to the warm home scheme or just in general ?
#17
deb8z
splatsplatsplat
its not really for people on "low incomes" as it doesnt help people who work on low incomes. and before I get backlashes, I KNOW how much you get as I was on benefits, and its a damn site more than what im getting now!


JSA is more than you get working :|


its not just that tho is it

rent=free
council tax=free
school meals= free
#18
I know I got it wrong earlier and I'm sorry.

I notice you can't get the rebate if you are on contributions based JSA or ESA, the difference between contributions and income related is contributions based means you put something into the National Insurance pot.
#19
Just thought i would say thanks for posting the info.

Worked for my mum and would not have known if not for you.

For any one else just give your energy company a quick ring. Only takes 5mins and British gas were keen to help.
#20
Posted this before. Just a little bump for anyone that might find it useful this time around! Plus the amount you can receive has gone up from £120 to £130

Edited By: mrfun1981 on Nov 12, 2012 17:13: spelling
#21
Each Supplier has different requirements

Im on a low income working part time & cos iv got children under 5 years old I still qualify for this.

So its best checking the requirements of your own supplier to find out if you can get it....Im with British gas if that helps.....But looking at EDF as an example I wouldnt meet there requirements
#22
Woo, I can claim it this year because I haven't put anything into the NI pot! My earnings are under the amount I'd need to earn in order to pay NI, so ignoring my pension, I get ESA (now income based thanks to the amazing government) and DLA, hence £130 coming my way. Woohoo!
banned#23
Can self employed get it to???

Im self employed but havent made a penny in 6 years I live of nothing
1 Like #24
churchill
Can self employed get it to???

Im self employed but havent made a penny in 6 years I live of nothing


Technically, yes. You can be self-employed while claiming JSA/ESA/IS, add the other component which your supplier needs and yup, you can have it.
1 Like #25
churchill
Can self employed get it to???

Im self employed but havent made a penny in 6 years I live of nothing

I can't find "Reason for low income: Getting high on your own supply" in the small print.
banned#26
moose109
churchill
Can self employed get it to???

Im self employed but havent made a penny in 6 years I live of nothing

Technically, yes. You can be self-employed while claiming JSA/ESA/IS, add the other component which your supplier needs and yup, you can have it.

What???

Im not a **** Doley :D Im just a guy trying to make his way in life with huge business bills that take away any income I get, I have to make to with the working tax credits to get by which is very difficult with my lifestyle :(
#27
moose109
Woo, I can claim it this year because I haven't put anything into the NI pot! My earnings are under the amount I'd need to earn in order to pay NI, so ignoring my pension, I get ESA (now income based thanks to the amazing government) and DLA, hence £130 coming my way. Woohoo!

Glad to see some one else that will benefit from the payment this year.
#28
I qualify, but it doesn't apply in Northern Ireland for some reason :(
#29
Just to update, anyone on Npower, they haven't opened their scheme yet. But if you call them, they will post a letter to you when it is open so that you can claim it.

2013/2014 will be £135
2014/2015 will be £140

After this time, it's looking like the scheme will stop, but another u-turn may happen.
#30
How do I apply for this?
#31
jenwat_08
How do I apply for this?

The deadline as closed for this period, I think it was end of last year and people got credited it by March this year as it's for the Winter bill. The scheme will hopefully be on again for those who can claim it and I'd keep watch around October time if I was you.

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