Warm Home Discount
This April the government announced the Warm Home Discount to help people struggling to pay their energy bills.
The government has asked the six biggest energy companies to put money into a fund to help people at risk of fuel poverty with their energy bills. They've also released guidelines on who should receive help automatically and who should be prioritised when applying for assistance. Energy companies are now in the process of deciding how best to implement the government's guidance.
The situation is different in Northern Ireland due to the different suppliers – please see our fact sheet below for further information and who to contact for all energy matters in NI.
Will you be entitled to support?
The Warm Home Discount Scheme will operate largely on a first come, first served basis, and there is a limited amount of money in the fund. Energy companies are likely to accept applications from this summer. People affected by cancer are not included in the recommendations but you may be entitled to support if:
you receive Pension Credit
you receive Income Support or Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) and you have a disability; a child who is disabled; or you have a child under five living with you
you receive Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and also have a severe or enhanced disability premium; a pensioner premium; a child who is disabled; or have a child under five living with you.
In the meantime, if you are struggling with your energy bills please contact your energy supplier who may be able to help. For more advice on managing your fuel bills you, visit our cancer information section on keeping warm without the worry.