The government’s Warm Home Discount Scheme, which will see thousands of households in the Stafford Borough eligible for a £140 reduction to their electricity bill, is open for applications.
For winter 2017-18, some energy suppliers are closing applications soon and householders are being urged to seek advice and apply now if they think they may be eligible.
The discount is available to those on a low income, and in receipt of certain means-tested benefits. As long as your energy supplier on 9 July 2017 was part of the scheme, you may be eligible if you or a member of your household receives employment related benefits, is over 65, or has a disability; if you live with a child under 18; or if you spend a significant portion of your income on energy bills.
The criteria varies between energy suppliers, so if you think you may be entitled to the discount, Warmer Homes Stafford are advising you to contact them to check your eligibility. Those receiving the Guarantee Credit element of the Pension Credit will also be eligible. This ‘core group’ will be contacted in Autumn 2017 by the government, so an application is unnecessary.
Price increases that look set to cost their customers an additional £100 in household energy bills each year from the UK’s ‘Big 6’ energy providers can help be negated for those who are eligible for the £140 Warm Home Discount.
Oliver Rothwell, Project manager for Warmer Homes Stafford said:
“Those households who have the least to spend on energy bills are likely to feel these price increases the hardest, including households on the lowest incomes or where particular health conditions call for extra heat at home. We are delighted that the Warm Home Discount is returning and is able to benefit Stafford’s most vulnerable households”.
Some applications are set to close as early as mid-September, so Warmer Homes Stafford are urging householders to apply as soon as possible. Funding is allocated on a ‘first-come, first-serve’ basis, so those who meet the criteria must act quickly to confirm their receipt of the £140 discount.
“It is vital that applications are made as soon as possible to ensure that Stafford residents don’t miss out” said Oliver.
If you think you may be eligible, please contact Warmer Homes Stafford for free on 0800 677 1785. You can also visit their website for more information.
If an eligible applicant is successful, £140 will automatically be deducted by the provider from their winter 2017-18 energy bill by the end of March 2018. The Warm Home Discount is separate from, and will not affect, any Cold Weather Payments or Winter Fuel Payments.