Posted: 02 February 2015

Are you eligible for a £140 payment towards your energy bills?

Across England, nearly two million children in poverty live in homes that miss out on a key benefit to help pay for energy costs. We're working to make sure that people are aware of this benefit.

Known as the Warm Home Discount, this benefit provides a £140 payment towards a low-income family's energy bills. 

Our Behind Cold Doors report identified that last winter, nearly 2 million children living in poverty were in families that missed out on the Warm Home Discount. The impact of this was further reinforced by our Show Some Warmth report, published this month, which showed that children in families in energy debt were three times more likely to have been ill last winter than other children. 

Use our Warm Home Discount calculator

We have created a calculator to help you find out whether you may be eligible for the Warm Home Discount this winter. (The Government announced last week that the qualification process will be simplified next winter.)

To use the calculator, put in details of your household circumstances and your energy supplier, and the calculator will give you an idea of your entitlement.

Be aware that energy companies close eligibilty for the scheme as winter progresses. E.on, Scottish Power and SSE have told us that they have closed their scheme. Schemes will be reopen for next winter, with a simplified process for applying for the scheme. Your energy company may have the date for when their scheme becomes available next winter. Even if your provider’s scheme has closed you may want to get in touch with them to let them know you are interested.

If you want to find out more about your energy company’s warm home discount scheme, please contact your energy company directly. We have contact information for the following energy providers:

Find out more about the Warm Home Discount scheme on the Gov.uk website.

For additional free advice, call the Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99, or contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

Details about our calculator and warm home discount eligibility

Please note that we have done our best to make this calculator accurate and useful, but we are still testing it – if you notice any problems or any error, please let us know.

Regardless of the result this calculator generates, if you need help with your energy bills you may want to get in touch with your energy company, or an independent advice provider, to ask what help may be available. The Government requires some energy companies to provide and fund the warm home discount to their customers who are:

  • Low-income pensioners – who should have the money credited automatically to their bill.
  • Some other households (for example, people on low income or living with disability). Eligibility for this broader group is currently (within limits) at the discretion of their energy supplier. In these cases, you need to ask for help, and even if you are eligible, the energy company is not obliged to provide the discount in every case, since the amount of support available is limited.

Warm Home Discount calculator



Age
Your age
Your partner's age (if you have one, and they live with you)
Children
Do you have children living with you for whom you receive Child Tax CreditFind out more about the Child Tax Credit on the gov.uk website or a child addition within Income SupportFind out more about Income Support on the gov.uk website?

What is the age of your youngest child?
Are any of your children registered to receive free school mealsFind out more about free school meals on the gov.uk website?

Do you or your partner receive Disability Living AllowanceFind out more about Disability Living Allowance on the gov.uk website for any child living with you?

Income
What is your annual household income before tax?
Does it cost more than 10% of your income before tax to keep your home warm?

Do you receive any of the following benefits?
Income SupportFind out more about Income Support on the gov.uk website

Income-based Jobseekers' AllowanceFind out more about Jobseekers' Allowance on the gov.uk website, or about jobseekers' support on the Citizens Advice website

Income-based Employment and Support AllowanceFind out more about Employment and Support Allowance on the gov.uk website

Work-related activity component of Employment and Support AllowanceFind out more about Employment and Support Allowance on the gov.uk website

Support component of Employment and Support AllowanceFind out more about Employment and Support Allowance on the gov.uk website

Working Tax CreditFind out more about Working Tax Credit on the gov.uk website

Pension Credit (guarantee credit)Find out more about Pension Credit on the gov.uk website

Pension Credit (savings credit)Find out more about Pension Credit on the gov.uk website

Housing BenefitFind out more about Housing Benefit on the gov.uk website

Council Tax ReductionFind out more about or apply for Council Tax Reduction on the gov.uk website

Do you receive a 'carer's premium' on any income based benefit you receive?

Do you receive any of the following disability benefits?
Disability Living AllowanceFind out more about Disability Living Allowance on the gov.uk website

Personal Independence PaymentFind out more about Personal Independence Payment on the gov.uk website

Attendance AllowanceFind out more about Attendance Allowance on the gov.uk website

Disability Premium within Income SupportFind out more about Disability Premium within Income Support on the gov.uk website or income-based Jobseekers' AllowanceFind out more about Jobseekers' Allowance on the gov.uk website, or about jobseekers' support on the Citizens Advice website

Disabled Child Premium Income Support OR Income-based Jobseekers' AllowanceFind out more about Jobseekers' Allowance on the gov.uk website, or about jobseekers' support on the Citizens Advice website OR disability element of Child Tax CreditFind out more about the Child Tax Credit on the gov.uk website

Disabled Worker element within Working Tax CreditFind out more about Working Tax Credit on the gov.uk website

Incapacity benefitFind out more about Incapacity benefit on the gov.uk website (short term)

Incapacity benefit (long term)

Severe Disablement AllowanceFind out more about Severe Disablement Allowance on the gov.uk website

Industrial Injuries Disablement BenefitFind out more about Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit on the gov.uk website

War Disablement pension

NHS charge exemption
Do you hold a MATEX or MEDEX certificate providing exemption from NHS chargesFind out about help with health costs on the NHS Choices website

Energy company
What is your energy supplier's name?

Based on your answers, are you eligible for the Warm Homes Discount?
Find out more about the Warm Home Discount and your energy company
Contact British Gas.
Contact EDF.
Contact E.on.
Contact npower.
Contact Scottish Power.
Contact SSE.



By Sam Royston - Policy team
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