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Warm Home Discount Scheme

The Warm Home Discount Scheme provides £135 rebate on electricity bills in winter 2013/14.

Pension Credit customers are automatically considered for the Warm Home Discount of £135.

You may qualify for this energy rebate if all the following apply:

  • you got only the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit on the qualifying date (11 September 2011)
  • your energy provider is participating in this scheme (see 'Energy suppliers participating in this scheme' below)
  • your name, or your partner's name is on the electricity bil

You will not qualify automatically if you get the Savings Credit element of Pension Credit.

Can other people get a Warm Home Discount?

  • Energy suppliers may also give a £135 rebate to some other customers in vulnerable groups.  Each supplier has different eligibility criteria they will use to decide who may get the rebate.  Please contact your supplier for more details.

What you need to do

If you qualify you don't need to take any action now.

When you'll get your Warm Home Discount

The first energy rebates will be made in winter 2011/12.  If you qualify you'll get a letter this winter to confirm this.

If you qualify, but an automatic rebate can't be made, you'll receive a letter asking you to provide further information.  This information will be available on your electricity bill.

How the Warm Home Discount Scheme works

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and participating electricity suppliers will share some limited information about their customers.  This allows participating electricity suppliers to give the energy rebate automatically to customers who qualify.

The Warm Home Discount Scheme will run for four years from winter 2011/12.

Rebates will be paid and funded by participating electricity suppliers.

Energy suppliers participating in the scheme

The electricity suppliers involved in this scheme are: Atlantic, British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, Equipower, Equigas, Manweb, M&S Energy, npower, Sainsbury's Energy, Scottish Gas, Scottish Hydro, ScottishPower, Southern Electric, SSE, Swalec and Utility Warehouse.

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Mansfield District Council - Home Insulation Scheme

Mansfield District Council in partnership with Crestra is offering the residents of Mansfield the opportunity to insulate their home at a reduced rate.
 

Benefits of home insulation include:

  • Save £s off your heating bills
  • Improve the energy efficiency of your home
  • Help to reduce climate change

Grants and discounts are being made available by CERT Funding and Mansfield District Council
to owner occupied and private rented households in your area.

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Solid Fuel Association

Operating as an advice centre, the Solid Fuel Association welcomes communication on all matters concerning the use of solid fuels.

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Age UK - Advice

Age UK's advice line.

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Energy Saving Trust

The site provides impartial advice to householders on all energy efficiency related matters and home energy efficiency advice to alleviate fuel poverty and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Grants and offers may be available for making your home more energy efficient.

Energy efficient boilers and wall insulation are available at discounted prices call 01298 766880

Warm Front Grants of up to 2700 are available for free home insulation and heating improvements to those in receipt of benefits -call 0800 3162814

For free, impartial advice on the range of offers most suitable for you, call 0800 512012

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Heating and insulation from the Warm Front Scheme

The Warm Front Scheme installs heating and insulation measures up to the value of £3,500, or £6,000 where oil central heating or alternative low carbon technologies are recommended. It is for people on certain disability or income-related benefits. To be eligible you must own your home or rent it from a private landlord.

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Warm Home Discount

The WHD replaces social tariffs and voluntary arrangements previously offered by energy suppliers. The scheme will target two groups of people:

  1. The Core Group –older, poorer pensioner households – will automatically receive a discount on their energy bill of between £120 and £140 by 31st March 2012. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will be writing to all Core group recipients to confirm they will receive the rebate.
  2. The Broader Group -Each energy supplier has discretion over which households fall under its Broader group criteria and its own set of qualifying conditions. Consumers should contact their supplier directly if they feel they may qualify for assistance. You will need to provide proof of your entitlement to the qualifying benefits. Energy suppliers have more details about this process.

Contact your energy supplier if you feel they may qualify for WHD assistance under the Broader Group. Alternatively Consumer Direct (08454 04 05 06) is the Government-funded consumer advice service. It offers information and advice on problems with goods and services, energy and post.

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Warm Front Grant

Warm Front makes homes warmer, healthier and more energy-efficient. The Warm Front Scheme provides a package of insulation and heating improvements up to the value of 3,500 (or 6,000 if oil central heating is recommended). It is a Government-funded initiative and the scheme is managed by eaga.

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Winter Fuel Payment

If you have reached the qualifying age you may get a Winter Fuel Payment to help pay for keeping warm in winter. This can be between £125 and £400 depending on your situation. Find out if you are eligible for this payment and how to apply.

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Bulk Oil scheme - and saves you money!

Last year many people in rural communities without mains gas experienced huge price rises and difficulty in getting supplies of oil. This new scheme which will use the model of a local buying syndicate for purchasing domestic heating oil and harnessing the purchasing power of bulk buying, means that it's possible to get a discount of around £40 on a single order. 

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Affordable Warmth Solutions

National Grid is tackling some of the issues caused by increasing energy prices and the growth of Fuel Poverty in the UK. National Grid has established a new Community Interest Company (CIC), Affordable Warmth Solutions CIC. Subject to final contract arrangements National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions will through an innovative funding arrangement with a leading energy supplier invest millions of pounds in a programme to support the installation of new gas connections, gas heating systems and other energy efficiency measures to some of the most deprived areas of its gas distribution network area.

National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions approach is based on a whole community, whole house package of affordable warmth measures that includes the provision of gas connections and new or improved heating systems to some 5000 homes. It will also provide additional in house support through its Energy Supplier partner; qualifying households may also be eligible for free loft and/or cavity wall insulation and tailored energy saving and tariff advice.

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Age UK - Heating Benefits

If you are not heating your home well enough because you're worried about your next bill you could be putting yourself at risk of cold-related illnesses like pneumonia.

Your may be entitled to claim fuel benefits including:

  • Warm Front Grants
  • Winter Fuel Payments
  • Cold Weather Payments
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Age UK - Stay Warm in Winter

Age UK has a wide range of advice and information on its website, covering the issues that affect older people.

Our advice can help you claim extra benefits and reduce your energy bills so that you can stay warm at home, and avoid fuel poverty.

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