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Warm Home Discount extended – here’s how it works

The Warm Home Discount scheme, meanwhile, requires suppliers, by law, to help vulnerable people in the UK pay for their energy – you’ll qualify if you get pension credit or certain other benefits. The money isn’t paid to you – it’s a discount applied to your electricity bill between September and March. If you’re on a prepayment meter, you’ll usually be sent a top-up voucher.

If you get the ‘guarantee credit’ element of the the pension credit benefit, and your name (or your partner’s) is on the bill, you’re in what’s known as the ‘core group’ and you should get the discount automatically if your supplier’s part of the scheme. Your supplier will write to you, usually between October and December, and confirm when the money will be deducted from your bill – though you may be asked to get in touch to confirm your details.

If you get certain other benefits, you may qualify as part of the ‘broader group’ – though if this is the case, you’ll need to apply directly. 

Under today’s plans the discount will now be extended, meaning eligible households will be able to get a £150 discount every year until the winter of 2025/6. The Government is also increasing its spending on the scheme. There’s full eligibility criteria and details of participating suppliers in our Housing & Energy Grants guide.

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