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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

    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.

    decc.gov.uk/en/…spx

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    Original Poster

    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" 5th Jan 2012

    uh oh,

    INB4 everything

    Anything free for average earners?

    I gots it all wrong, again
    Edited by: "moose109" 5th Jan 2012

    Original Poster

    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 … 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

    thanks to the OP, just spoke to my provider and they directed me to an online form

    Original Poster

    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

    OP thanks again i have just posted this on carers uk aswell

    Thank you mrfun

    I never knew about this and it looks like I may be eligible.

    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.

    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!

    ilovepink

    thanks to the OP, just spoke to my provider and they directed me to an … 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?

    Original Poster

    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.

    Original Poster

    godfatherman

    Can you post a link to the online form please to save having to call … 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" 5th Jan 2012

    Great, yet another handout for those on benefits.............












    OH wait that would include me.

    deb8z

    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 ?

    deb8z

    JSA is more than you get working



    its not just that tho is it

    rent=free
    council tax=free
    school meals= free

    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.

    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.

    Original Poster

    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" 12th Nov 2012

    Original Poster

    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



    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

    Can self employed get it to???

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

    churchill

    Can self employed get it to???Im self employed but havent made a penny in … 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.

    churchill

    Can self employed get it to???Im self employed but havent made a penny in … 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

    moose109

    Technically, yes. You can be self-employed while claiming JSA/ESA/IS, add … 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 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

    Original Poster

    moose109

    Woo, I can claim it this year because I haven't put anything into the NI … 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.

    I qualify, but it doesn't apply in Northern Ireland for some reason

    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.

    How do I apply for this?

    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.

    Why is credit based employment and support allowance not allowed the warm home discount as o am no better off than someone on income based i am only off work due to heart problems and a hip replacement and asthma etc
    Edited by: "Adelefranis" 14th Nov 2016

    mrfun1981

    Only found out about the scheme yesterday. An after a 5min phone … 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

    oddballjamie

    Anything free for average earners?



    if you're an average earner then there are about 20 million people earning less than you.

    why do you think you are more deserving than these low earners?

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    eset12345

    if you're an average earner then there are about 20 million people … if you're an average earner then there are about 20 million people earning less than you.why do you think you are more deserving than these low earners?



    He has probably reconsidered 4 years on

    YouDontWantToKnow

    He has probably reconsidered 4 years on


    Nah, still get **** all free.

    Married an average earner, now have a child and pay more in nursery fees than our mortgage.

    Help from the Government as we both work? Nope but you can get 15 hours when she reaches 3.

    What a joke.
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