A UK Government Grant Scheme started in 2011 which will run for 4 years.

APPLY asap Sept to March

NOTE: See below for suppliers taking part - It may be beneficial to change to one of them

Part 1:


For winter 2012 to 2013, you could get a £130 discount on your electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

The discount won’t affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment.

Not everyone gets the discount - you have to qualify

Part 2:

What you'll get

For Winter 2012 to 2013, you could get a £130 discount on your electricity bill.

The money isn’t paid to you, it’s a one-off discount on your electricity bill, usually between October and March.

Pre-pay or pay as you go meters

People using pre-pay or pay as you go electricity meters can also qualify for the discount.

If eligible, your electricity supplier can tell you how you’ll get the discount. For example, a voucher you can use to top up your meter.

Part 3:


You qualify for the discount if on 21 July 2012 your supplier was part of the scheme, your name (or your partner’s) was on the bill and you were either:

80 or over and getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit

under 80 and only getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (you won’t qualify if you also get Saving Credit)

If you don’t qualify

Some suppliers offer the discount to vulnerable people (eg, those on a low income). Each supplier has their own rules about who else can get the discount.

Energy suppliers

The following suppliers are part of the scheme:


British Gas

EDF Energy


Equipower (Ebico)

Equigas (Ebico)

Manweb - see ScottishPower

M&S Energy


Sainsbury’s Energy

Scottish Gas - see British Gas

Scottish Hydro


Southern Electric



Utility Warehouse

Part 4:

How to claim

If eligible, you’ll get a letter telling you one of the following:

you don’t have to apply for the discount – you’ll get it automatically

you must apply for the discount by 13 March 2013 – the letter will tell you why and how

Letters are sent between September 2012 and January 2013. Contact the helpline if your letter doesn’t arrive by February 2013.

Warm Home Discount Scheme Helpline

0845 603 9439

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm


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3 Replies

  • Do not presume the DWP will do this automatically for you! They didn't for my terminally ill mother (with cancer) though they should have, she did manage to get hers by 'us' dealing with it ourselves.

  • I got it last year am I entitle to it again

  • You can get it every year if you qualify, apply directly to your supplier asap before their deadline for this year (they may have an online application form on their website or apply via a phone call).. Good Luck !!

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