With utility companies in the news and leaving many concerned about how to keep warm this winter, the Warm Home Discount means you don’t have to be left in the cold.

The Warm Home Discount gives you £140 off your electricity bill between October 2021 and March 2022. The grant is applied directly to your electricity bill, and you could get money off your gas bill as well, if your supplier provides both your gas and electricity – known as a dual fuel tariff.

All participating suppliers opened their grants on 18 October, so it’s time to apply. Ofgem provides details on all current energy suppliers offering the discount.

Am I eligible for the Warm Home Discount?

There are two main ways that you’re eligible:

  1. If you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit. This is known as the ‘core group’. If you’re part of the ‘core group’, you’ll receive a letter letting you know how to apply or whether it will be automatically applied. If you don’t receive a letter, you can contact the Warm Home Discount helpline to find out more.
  2. If you’re on a low income and receive certain benefits – such as Universal Credit (UC), working tax credits or Employment Support Allowance (ESA) – you’re with an energy supplier that is part of the scheme, and you meet their criteria. This is known as the ‘broader group’.

How do I apply if I’m part of the ‘broader group’?

Contact your electricity supplier to check if you qualify for the grant. If you’re eligible, you will need to apply directly with them. The grant is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend you apply as soon as you can.

Remember, even if you got the Warm Home Discount grant last year, you still must apply for it again this year, and every year, unless you are a ‘core customer’.

If you have a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go electricity meter, you will usually get the grant in the form of vouchers that you can use to top-up your meter. Your energy supplier will advise you how you’ll receive the grant if you’re eligible.

We’re here for you

If you’d like to speak to someone about financial support, help with accessing grants and funding, advice on employment and training opportunities, and more – we’re here for you.

Please get in touch with us and ask to speak to the Wellbeing and Advice team.

You can also find more tips and advice to help you save this winter on our winter-ready page.