The payments, grants and schemes listed below are designed to either help you pay your fuel bills, or to help you make your home more energy efficient, which can save you money.
Cold Weather Payment
When a winter has been particularly cold (with temperatures of 0°C or lower for seven consecutive days), the UK government makes a weekly payment of £25 to people who receive certain benefits. Cold Weather Payments will automatically be made on top of your usual benefits.
Winter Fuel Payment
Winter Fuel Payment is a UK government scheme to help older people keep warm during winter. A yearly payment is made to both men and women who have reached the State Pension age for women.
The amount you receive depends on your individual circumstances, such as whether you live with another qualifying person and how old they are.
Warm Home Discount (England, Scotland and Wales only)
This gives certain people a refund on electricity bills each year. The payment is made by your electricity supplier. Only major energy suppliers are required to make this payment. Smaller suppliers may not offer it.
Some people are automatically eligible for the Warm Home Discount. This includes people getting certain benefits, including the guarantee element of Pension Credit. Participating energy companies may provide the Warm Home Discount to people affected by cancer, but you will need to apply for it and meet certain criteria.
To apply, contact your electricity supplier. If you are not eligible under your supplier’s scheme or if they don’t offer the Warm Home Discount, you could consider switching to another supplier.
For more information, visit gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme.
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