How Universal Credit claimants and others could cut £140 from bills

Financial support may be available this winter for those who need help with their energy bills.

Several schemes have been put in place that can help potentially eligible people cover the additional costs of heating the home if the temperature drops.

One of them is the Warm Home Discount Scheme, the Express reports – and low-income people who receive support, such as Universal Credit, can apply.

Under this scheme, those who qualify could potentially get £ 140 off their electricity bill for the winter of 2020 to 2021.

The cut is made in the form of a one-time discount on the bill between September and March.

If a person’s supplier provides both the gas and the electricity, those who qualify may be able to get a discount on their gas bill instead.

But don’t worry – the discount won’t affect the Payment in cold weather or Winter fuel payment, for those who can get them.

How do you qualify for the Warm Home Discount scheme? There are two ways.

And the way you qualify will affect how it should be applied for.

The first way, for those in what is known as the “core group,” is where the eligible person has the Guarantee credit element of pension credit, an income-related benefit for pensioners.

The other route is for those in what is known as the “broader group”.

This is for low-income people who meet their energy provider’s criteria for the scheme.

Even if a person has a prepaid or pay-as-you-go electricity meter, they may still be eligible for the discount.

However, those in the broader group must apply directly to their electricity supplier.

So how can Universal Credit claimants take advantage of this?

The government says that someone on a low income in the broader group should receive certain means-tested benefits.

But their energy supplier must also be part of the scheme.

It is the supplier who decides who can get the discount and the number they can give is limited.

Therefore, people should check with their supplier as early as possible if they are eligible and how to apply.

To get the discount, the bill payer must stay with his supplier until the bill is paid.

For more information, visit the government website at the Warm Home discount scheme here.

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