Warm Energy Discount Scheme is back for winter 2017/18 £140 for eligible customers
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Warm Energy Discount Scheme is back for winter 2017/18 £140 for eligible customers

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Found 31st Jul 2017
If eligible the £140 is credited to your electric account. What kind of heating you have does not affect eligibility . Please share far and wide get the help to those who need it most.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS FOR WINTER 2017/18 so even if you have had a payment earlier this year this will not stop you applying for this years payment

Some companies are accepting online applications already this year others are still saying it closed as that refers to WINTER 2016/17 so in those cases you may have to phone them to get registered early for the WINTER 2017/18 discount.

Again limited funds are made available so its first come first served for those who qualify.

Eligibility

You qualify for the discount if all of the following apply:

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)

You may be able to apply directly to your electricity supplier for help if you don’t get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit but:

you’re on a low income

you get certain means-tested benefits

Examples of qualifying criteria include being in receipt of the savings element of Pension Credit, claiming Income Support, income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance, or simply being in a household with below minimum income – £16,190 in the case of British Gas.
You may also qualify if you are on Long-term Incapacity Benefit or if you or a child in your household receives Disability Living Allowance. Alternatively you may only need to have a child in the household aged under five to qualify.

Ultimately, criteria vary so check your energy supplier’s website. So please check with your supplier to see if you’re eligible and how to apply. You can also contact the Warm Home Discount Scheme Helpline direct on 0845 603 9439 for more information.

Electricity suppliers

The following suppliers are expected to take part in the scheme again this year although gov ain't updated the official website list yet

Atlantic
Bristol Energy
British Gas
Co-operative energy
EDF Energy
E.ON
Equipower (Ebico)
Equigas (Ebico)
Extra Energy
First Utility
GB Energy
Manweb - see ScottishPower
M&S Energy
npower
Our Power
OVO
Sainsbury’s Energy - see British Gas
Scottish Gas - see British Gas
Scottish Hydro
ScottishPower
Southern Electric
SSE
SWALEC
Utilita
Utility Warehouse

EDITS>>>I will try edit in as many links as i can from the comments below save everyone looking for them .. most likely it will be in the evenings i have time to update.

This is the first of the links for this year.
Please note I'm early with this heads up, because i know its limited funds so wanted to make people aware and keep it in peoples minds... so although most are letting you preregister, you might need to check back with the company you use in the coming weeks but most should be fully up by mid august..

SSE/Scottish Hydro Application form now live at bottom of page
sse.co.uk/hel…unt

Sainsbury’s Energy / Scottish gas / Brittish Gas
britishgas.co.uk/ene…tml

Eon
m.eonenergy.com/for…unt

Utilita
utilita.co.uk/sav…unt

Midcounties Co-operative Energy
cooperativeenergy.coop/red…bg/

Scottish Power
scottishpower.co.uk/cus…nt/

edf
edfenergy.com/for…unt

ovo
ovoenergy.com/ovo…tml

first utility
first-utility.com/abo…nt/

Utility Warehouse
utilitywarehouse.co.uk/clu…me/
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SalfordCityRed

I don't get this, nor does my sister as we're in the survive on your own … I don't get this, nor does my sister as we're in the survive on your own working poor bracket... However, my feckless Cousins, my Mum and my Grandad all do... However, with their Tax Credits, Pensions Credits, other benefits, discounts, schemes and freebies, I'd say they're the ones who need it the least... I think a shake-up is needed!



You're quite right. It's morally wrong that the working poor like yourself should suffer. So next time vote anything but Tory as they're the party who put you in this position!
I don't get this, nor does my sister as we're in the survive on your own working poor bracket... However, my feckless Cousins, my Mum and my Grandad all do... However, with their Tax Credits, Pensions Credits, other benefits, discounts, schemes and freebies, I'd say they're the ones who need it the least... I think a shake-up is needed!
SalfordCityRed

I don't get this, nor does my sister as we're in the survive on your own … I don't get this, nor does my sister as we're in the survive on your own working poor bracket... However, my feckless Cousins, my Mum and my Grandad all do... However, with their Tax Credits, Pensions Credits, other benefits, discounts, schemes and freebies, I'd say they're the ones who need it the least... I think a shake-up is needed!



It's unlikely that they are better off than you unless they have several children and that's already been shook up as you now only get benefits for the first 2-3 children all others thereafter get nothing.

Also in order to get pension credit your literally getting pennies in terms of income.

If you think further cuts are needed then keep voting Tory.
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SalfordCityRed

I don't get this, nor does my sister as we're in the survive on your own … I don't get this, nor does my sister as we're in the survive on your own working poor bracket... However, my feckless Cousins, my Mum and my Grandad all do... However, with their Tax Credits, Pensions Credits, other benefits, discounts, schemes and freebies, I'd say they're the ones who need it the least... I think a shake-up is needed!


My understanding is there is a cap in todays uk on those unlucky enough to be in the situation where they have to rely on social security, so if you fall below this cap i suggest you contact your local CAB or welfare rights to see what support is available. . gov.uk/ben…cap
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oO What's with all the long spaces? as it's very annoying on mobile site.
Edited by: "AJ92" 31st Jul 2017
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AJ92

oO What's with all the long spaces? as it's very annoying on mobile site.


it appears my mobile app decided to pull a wobbly... just edited them all out on laptop
I have edited the OP to remove all the spacing.

Sorted the transport bug too!
Edited by: "MikeT" 31st Jul 2017
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MikeT

I have edited the OP to remove all the spacing.


thanks mike we must both have been doing it at same time lol

edit...

MikeT

Sorted the transport bug too!


thanks again wasn't sure was it you or me as i did have another go or two
Edited by: "sheps" 31st Jul 2017
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ok thats the main links up for this year if anyone finds ones ive missed please add a comment below and ill get it updated
Thanks for the heads up, applied for e.on for this coming year. Been doing it 2-3 years previous but otherwise had no idea could have done another 5-6 years easy
I don't get this, nor does my sister as we're in the survive on your own working poor bracket... However, my feckless Cousins, my Mum and my Grandad all do... However, with their Tax Credits, Pensions Credits, other benefits, discounts, schemes and freebies, I'd say they're the ones who need it the least... I think a shake-up is needed!
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Zoea

Thanks for the heads up, applied for e.on for this coming year. Been … Thanks for the heads up, applied for e.on for this coming year. Been doing it 2-3 years previous but otherwise had no idea could have done another 5-6 years easy


yes its a shame they don't more widely publicise these things because so often it is those who need most that miss out, especially in this case as many who qualify aint aint online either.
"So after much speculation it seams the government is providing limited funds to allow this scheme to run for another year"
I could be wrong, but I thought the suppliers funded the Warm Home Discount Scheme, and that the government through its agencies told the suppliers the minimums they had to dish out (although naturally those agencies need to have a budget to cover the administration required on their side - eligibility checks, monitoring that the suppliers have met their minimum obligations, etc).
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SalfordCityRed

I don't get this, nor does my sister as we're in the survive on your own … I don't get this, nor does my sister as we're in the survive on your own working poor bracket... However, my feckless Cousins, my Mum and my Grandad all do... However, with their Tax Credits, Pensions Credits, other benefits, discounts, schemes and freebies, I'd say they're the ones who need it the least... I think a shake-up is needed!


My understanding is there is a cap in todays uk on those unlucky enough to be in the situation where they have to rely on social security, so if you fall below this cap i suggest you contact your local CAB or welfare rights to see what support is available. . gov.uk/ben…cap
Scottish power form seems to have a broken link when trying to submit. Anyone else having the same issue?
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premierfella

"So after much speculation it seams the government is providing limited … "So after much speculation it seams the government is providing limited funds to allow this scheme to run for another year"I could be wrong, but I thought the suppliers funded the Warm Home Discount Scheme, and that the government through its agencies told the suppliers the minimums they had to dish out (although naturally those agencies need to have a budget to cover the administration required on their side - eligibility checks, monitoring that the suppliers have met their minimum obligations, etc).



you could well be right...it was my understanding it was a government scheme originally set to run for x amount of years. In last years thread many were surprised it was still running and what i was referring to was that i was also told last year by my supplier that they were not sure would it run this year at that time... apologies for any confusion.
Thought the 5% VAT on our bills funded or part funded this scheme?

And if eligible, remember to check your NEW supplier does the scheme if you are switching.
SalfordCityRed

I don't get this, nor does my sister as we're in the survive on your own … I don't get this, nor does my sister as we're in the survive on your own working poor bracket... However, my feckless Cousins, my Mum and my Grandad all do... However, with their Tax Credits, Pensions Credits, other benefits, discounts, schemes and freebies, I'd say they're the ones who need it the least... I think a shake-up is needed!



You're quite right. It's morally wrong that the working poor like yourself should suffer. So next time vote anything but Tory as they're the party who put you in this position!
I'm with nPower (eclectic). I applied for this last year, so do I have to apply again or does this come automatically?
Utilita page makes no sense at all just mentions they're opening up applications to a broader spectrum on august 14
This is a scheme for the elderly and disabled- the people who need extra warmth and those who are indoors more often due to lack of mobility and unable to move around easily to keep warm. Please don't mistake it as an extra freebie for people on benefits. It isn't.
SalfordCityRed

I don't get this, nor does my sister as we're in the survive on your own … I don't get this, nor does my sister as we're in the survive on your own working poor bracket... However, my feckless Cousins, my Mum and my Grandad all do... However, with their Tax Credits, Pensions Credits, other benefits, discounts, schemes and freebies, I'd say they're the ones who need it the least... I think a shake-up is needed!



It's unlikely that they are better off than you unless they have several children and that's already been shook up as you now only get benefits for the first 2-3 children all others thereafter get nothing.

Also in order to get pension credit your literally getting pennies in terms of income.

If you think further cuts are needed then keep voting Tory.
British Gas doesn't open until autumn
Reebok.Ron

You're quite right. It's morally wrong that the working poor like … You're quite right. It's morally wrong that the working poor like yourself should suffer. So next time vote anything but Tory as they're the party who put you in this position!



No they're not. Tory's are cutting benefits. It's labour that wants them to be increased and spent too much on them in the past.

Which party is putting caps in place - Tory.
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sazzopardi1971

I'm with nPower (eclectic). I applied for this last year, so do I have to … I'm with nPower (eclectic). I applied for this last year, so do I have to apply again or does this come automatically?


you have to reapply for this year as far as i'm aware it is not automatic any more.
sazzopardi197146 m ago

I'm with nPower (eclectic). I applied for this last year, so do I have to …I'm with nPower (eclectic). I applied for this last year, so do I have to apply again or does this come automatically?


You must reapply annually
Edited by: "bobmccluckie" 31st Jul 2017
sazzopardi1971

I'm with nPower (eclectic). I applied for this last year, so do I have to … I'm with nPower (eclectic). I applied for this last year, so do I have to apply again or does this come automatically?


It'll probably depend on whether you are in the Core group or the Broader group. If the Broader group you need to apply each year based on my experience with nPower over the last few years (doing an application on behalf of a family member).
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jenrachrob

Utilita page makes no sense at all just mentions they're opening up … Utilita page makes no sense at all just mentions they're opening up applications to a broader spectrum on august 14


that's because they are dealing with the automatic qualifying category first, my advice is to set yourself a reminder to go back after that date and apply.
It's trying to get the some folks to swap suppliers. Outlaws got this last year from ovo. I dug in and got them to swap from standard rates. They saved £500 for the years plus they got this allowance.. That's staggering. Currently paying £59 pm dd as they are low users as I'm paying £89pm
SalfordCityRed

I don't get this, nor does my sister as we're in the survive on your own … I don't get this, nor does my sister as we're in the survive on your own working poor bracket... However, my feckless Cousins, my Mum and my Grandad all do... However, with their Tax Credits, Pensions Credits, other benefits, discounts, schemes and freebies, I'd say they're the ones who need it the least... I think a shake-up is needed!



Boo hoo to you and your sour grapes, I'm an unemployed single mum, i get housing benefit, JSA, tax credits and don't get the discount because it includes rent value and that pushes my benefits total to over the 16k gross total for applying, i also pay council tax, TV licence, only discounts i get are single occupancy rate on the council tax and half price oyster card for bus journeys valid til September
wayners

It's trying to get the some folks to swap suppliers. Outlaws got this … It's trying to get the some folks to swap suppliers. Outlaws got this last year from ovo. I dug in and got them to swap from standard rates. They saved £500 for the years plus they got this allowance.. That's staggering. Currently paying £59 pm dd as they are low users as I'm paying £89pm



I'm disgusted that I can not get this as a benefits claimant but they are giving it to outlaws, i shall ring the daily mail immediately.
There are companies out there in comparison that don't offer home warm discount but charge less for supply so over the year you would of saved
Edited by: "Bigfoot600" 31st Jul 2017
If you have children on DLA or receive Carer's allowance does this count as a "certain means-tested benefit" or similar?
What evidence do you need to provide?
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Skypie

If you have children on DLA or receive Carer's allowance does this count … If you have children on DLA or receive Carer's allowance does this count as a "certain means-tested benefit" or similar?



the general advice is...
Examples of qualifying criteria include being in receipt of the savings element of Pension Credit, claiming Income Support, income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance, or simply being in a household with below minimum income – £16,190 in the case of British Gas.

You may also qualify if you are on Long-term Incapacity Benefit or if you or a child in your household receives Disability Living Allowance. Alternatively you may only need to have a child in the household aged under five to qualify.

Ultimately, criteria vary so check your energy supplier’s website. You can also contact the Warm Home Discount Scheme Helpline direct on 0845 603 9439 for more information.

But if you are still not sure if you qualify, its worth noting that applying cant do any harm they can only say no.
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bigpappa

What evidence do you need to provide?


none, as i remember you have to tick a box that allows them to check you gave the correct information.
sheps

that's because they are dealing with the automatic qualifying category … that's because they are dealing with the automatic qualifying category first, my advice is to set yourself a reminder to go back after that date and apply.



Ah I see, thank you. I don't know if I am an automatic qualifier or not so I'll just check back after this.
sazzopardi1971

I'm with nPower (eclectic). I applied for this last year, so do I have to … I'm with nPower (eclectic). I applied for this last year, so do I have to apply again or does this come automatically?


YOU MUST APPLY EVERY YEAR MATEY.
Don't let them rip you off.
Error440

Boo hoo to you and your sour grapes, I'm an unemployed single mum, i get … Boo hoo to you and your sour grapes, I'm an unemployed single mum, i get housing benefit, JSA, tax credits and don't get the discount because it includes rent value and that pushes my benefits total to over the 16k gross total for applying, i also pay council tax, TV licence, only discounts i get are single occupancy rate on the council tax and half price oyster card for bus journeys valid til September



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Sorry Error couldn't resist!
Thanks OP. The Scottish Power link went through fine at first, but the next page that you have to click through to enter your name and address didn't work for me in Firefox. Worked fine in Chrome. Just in case anyone else has problems.
Just applied for mine
fernandojo

This is a scheme for the elderly and disabled- the people who need extra … This is a scheme for the elderly and disabled- the people who need extra warmth and those who are indoors more often due to lack of mobility and unable to move around easily to keep warm. Please don't mistake it as an extra freebie for people on benefits. It isn't.



Actually buddy , your claim is incorrect , this is not a scheme aimed at just the elderly or disabled. I am sorry to disappoint you
The elderly and disabled I believe receive an addition winter payment as part of their benefit , this is separate to this scheme and possibly the reason for your confusion .
Error440

Boo hoo to you and your sour grapes, I'm an unemployed single mum, i get … Boo hoo to you and your sour grapes, I'm an unemployed single mum, i get housing benefit, JSA, tax credits and don't get the discount because it includes rent value and that pushes my benefits total to over the 16k gross total for applying, i also pay council tax, TV licence, only discounts i get are single occupancy rate on the council tax and half price oyster card for bus journeys valid til September



If you have no earnings (you state you are unemployed) , how on earth do you pay your council tax ?

Or do you actually mean that you get council tax benefit which covers the council tax bill ?

Correct me if I am wrong but I don't think housing benefit counts as income when the 16k earnings limit is being calculated so you should be below the earning threshold.
Edited by: "rooney10" 31st Jul 2017
hudrum

Thanks OP. The Scottish Power link went through fine at first, but the … Thanks OP. The Scottish Power link went through fine at first, but the next page that you have to click through to enter your name and address didn't work for me in Firefox. Worked fine in Chrome. Just in case anyone else has problems.



Can't get through in Chrome either after fill in the personal details the "continue" button doesn't work, tried in Microsoft Edge also failed, anybody having the same issue with Scottish Power? Thanks.
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