Government help with winter gas and electricity bills
There are several Government schemes available during the winter to help you pay your gas and electricity bills and keep warm during the cold weather.
Depending on your individual situation, you could be entitled to government help through a:
- warm home discount
- winter fuel payment, or
- cold weather payment
What’s the warm home discount scheme?
The 2018 version of the warm home discount scheme gives you a discount of £140 off your electricity bill, paid directly to your energy supplier between September 2018 and March 2019. If your supplier also provides your gas, you could use the discount on your gas bill.
The warm home discount is in addition to your cold weather or winter fuel payments.
Who can apply warm home discount?
Two groups qualify for the discount: the 'core' group and the 'boarder' group. You’ll automatically be entitled to the warm home discount if, on 8 July 2018:
- you were receiving the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (even if you get Savings Credit as well)
- your energy supplier was part of the scheme, and
- your name (or your partner’s) was on the bill.
All three conditions need to be met to be included in the core group.
If this doesn’t apply to you, you could still be entitled to the discount if:
- your energy supplier is part of the scheme
- you’re on a low income, or
- you get certain means-tested benefits
This is the boarder group. To obtain the payment you’ll need to apply directly to your energy supplier and stay with them until the discount is paid.
For more information on how to apply, check gov.uk.