Warm Home Discount Scheme 2015/2016
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If you qualify for payments under the Warm Home Discount Scheme and switch to an energy supplier that does not participate in the Scheme, then you will lose your entitlement. If this applies to you, or is likely to apply to you, then please read this first before switching so that you are aware of how it may affect you.
What is it?
The Warm Home Discount (WHD) scheme came into operation on 1 April 2011 and requires domestic energy suppliers to provide approximately £1.1 billion of direct and indirect support arrangements to fuel poor customers over a number of years. It was initially supposed to run until March 2015 but now has been extended until March 2016.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is responsible for Warm Home Discount policy and legislation.
How much is it?
For winter 2015 to 2016, those who qualify get a £140 discount on their electricity bill. The discount doesn't affect either Cold Weather Payments or Winter Fuel Payments which are separate and independent payments.
For 2015/2016 you qualify for the discount if on 12 July 2015 ALL of the following applied to you:
- your supplier was part of the scheme
- your name (or your partner's name) was on the bill
- you were getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit
In addition to those customers referred to above, some suppliers can also offer the discount to other groups of vulnerable people. For example, those on a low incomes. Each supplier has their own rules about who else (known as the 'broader group') can get this help.
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(as at March 2015)
If you currently receive the discount and you switch to a supplier that does NOT participate in the scheme, then you will lose the discount. This will therefore affect the overall saving that you could make from switching.
The following suppliers ARE part of the scheme:
- British Gas
- Co-operative energy
- EDF Energy
- Equipower (Ebico)
- Equigas (Ebico)
- M&S Energy
- Ovo energy (from 1 April 2015)
- Sainsbury's Energy
- Scottish Gas
- SSE Scottish Hydro
- SSE Southern Electric
- SSE SWALEC
- Utility Warehouse
You will NOT get the discount if you apply for switch to any of the energy suppliers listed below.
- Better Energy
- Flow energy
- GB Energy
- Good Energy
- green energy uk
- Green Star Energy
- LoCO2 energy
- Spark Energy
- Zog Energy
- or any other supplier not in the Top list