Martin Lewis appeared alongside Angellica Bell on The Martin Lewis Money Show final night time. Yesterday’s episode was centered on energy suppliers, and checked out how viewers might get the very best deal for them.
During the present, one viewer, referred to as Lindsay, requested Mr Lewis a query about switching energy supplier, whereas receiving the Warm Home Discount.
She wrote: “Can I switch and still receive the Warm Home Discount?”
Mr Lewis replied: “So, the Warm Home Discount is £140 a yr for some susceptible clients.
“Provided the brand new supplier provides it, you’ll get it, when you’re on the ‘core element’ – which is these folks on the Guarantee Credit component of Pension Credit. You’ll positively get it.”
Mr Lewis defined that those that are on the “broader element” of this scheme might have to make a easy check prior to switching to a distinct energy provider.
“If you’re on the ‘broader element’ which is for people on low incomes, different suppliers have different criteria so you’ll want to check first whether you’ll still get that Warm Home Discount.”
What is the Warm Home Discount Scheme?
Under the Warm Home Discount Scheme, these eligible can get £140 off their electrical energy invoice for winter 2019 to 2020.
The cash shouldn’t be paid to the bill-payer, however as an alternative it’s a one-off low cost on their electrical energy invoice, between September and March.
Should the provider present the bill-payer with each fuel and electrical energy, they might have the option to get the low cost on their fuel invoice as an alternative. Gov.uk suggests contacting the provider to discover out if it’s potential.
Who is eligible for the Warm Home Discount Scheme?
There are two methods to qualify for this scheme, and the way in which during which an individual applies will rely upon how they qualify for the low cost.
The first approach is being within the “core group” – which means an individual will get the Guarantee Credit component of Pension Credit.
The different occasion is that if an individual is on a low earnings they usually meet their energy provider’s standards for the scheme. These individuals are often called being within the “broader group”.
In phrases of the “broader group”, eligible folks can apply immediately to their electrical energy provider for assist.
This is that if they don’t get the Guarantee Credit component of Pension Credit, however:
- Their energy provider is a part of the scheme
- They are on a low earnings
- They get sure means-tested advantages.
Gov.uk factors out that to get the low cost, the bill-payer would want to stick with their provider till it’s paid.
In the “broader group”, the electrical energy provider decides who can get the low cost.
Gov.uk instructs folks to check whether or not they’re eligible and might apply “as early as possible”, due to the variety of reductions suppliers are in a position to give being restricted.
The low cost might be utilized by the electrical energy provider by March 31, 2020.
Which energy suppliers are a part of the Warm Home Discount Scheme?
According to Gov.uk, the next energy suppliers are a part of the scheme:
- Angelic Energy
- Avro Energy
- Beam Energy
- Bristol Energy – provided that one is eligible for the ‘core group’
- British Gas
- Bulb Energy
- Citizen Energy
- Co-operative Energy
- E (Gas and Electricity)
- EDF Energy
- First Utility – now Shell Energy
- Flow Energy
- Fosse Energy
- GB Energy
- Great North Energy
- Green Network Energy
- Green Star/Hudson
- Liverpool Energy Community Company
- Octopus Energy
- Powershop – see npower
- Ram Energy
- Robin Hood Energy – provided that one is eligible for the ‘core group’
- Sainsbury’s Energy
- Scottish Gas – see British Gas
- Scottish Hydro – see SSE
- Shell Energy (beforehand First Utility)
- Southern Electric – see SSE
- SWALEC – see SSE
- Utility Warehouse
- White Rose Energy
The Martin Lewis Show is obtainable to watch now on the ITV Hub.