In England, Scotland and Wales the government announced the Warm Home Discount Scheme to help people struggling to pay their energy bills. The scheme, funded by the six biggest energy companies, provides a rebate of £140 to customers who are living in, or at risk of, fuel poverty. Macmillan campaigned to ensure that people with cancer were considered under the scheme.
Will you be entitled to support?
You will automatically receive the Warm Home Discount provided your supplier is part of the scheme, your name (or your partner’s) is on the bill and you’re getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (even if you get Savings Credit as well).
If you or someone in your household is affected by cancer you may not automatically receive the rebate. In this case you will need to apply directly to your energy company provided your supplier is part of the scheme. You may be entitled if you’re either:
- getting the guarantee credit part of Pension Credit
- on a low income
This scheme operates largely on a first come, first served basis, as there is a limited amount of money in the fund. Find out if you are eligible by checking with your supplier or contacting Energy Saving Advice Service in England and Wales or Home Energy Scotland. Visit www.gov.uk/warmthiswinter for more information.
If you have cancer and are struggling to pay your energy bills please contact your energy supplier who may be able to offer help and support. For more advice on managing your fuel bills and keeping warm without the worry, visit our cancer information section.