From Department for Work and Pensions:
The Warm Home Discount Scheme will open for 21/22 on 18/10/21. This is not an automatic entitlement – customers have to apply for the discount, which could be up to £140 off electricity costs. Eligibility is as follows:
There are 2 ways to qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme:
- you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit – known as the ‘core group’
- you’re on a low income and meet your energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme – known as the ‘broader group’
If you’re on a low income
You may be able to apply directly to your electricity supplier for help if you do not get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit but:
- your energy supplier is part of the scheme
- you’re on a low income
- you get certain means-tested benefits
This is known as being in the ‘broader group’.
To get the discount you’ll need to stay with your supplier until it’s paid.
How to apply
Your electricity supplier decides who can get the discount.
The number of discounts suppliers can give is limited. Check with your supplier as early as possible to see if you’re eligible and how to apply.
Check with them even if you were eligible for a discount last year.
Your electricity supplier will apply the discount to your bill by 31 March 2022.
There is a list of suppliers on the Gov.UK website, but the timing of the scheme is crucial – first come first served and with the imminent removal of the £20 uplift.