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Thousands of UK households are eligible for a discount on their bills this coming winter, but many don’t know they can get this support.

The Warm Home Discount is a support scheme aimed at households who may struggle to pay their energy bills during the winter. It comes in the form of a one-off payment of £140 to your energy bill between the months of October and March.

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The Warm Home Discount (WHD) scheme requires big suppliers, by law, to help vulnerable customers in the UK pay for energy. Not all energy suppliers are part of this scheme, especially many of the smaller companies.

Robin Hood Energy (RHE) opted into the scheme last year to try to support customers who are in fuel poverty or who are at risk of it. They are now encouraging people who receive the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit to get in touch and see if RHE can save them money on their bills, as well as giving the Warm Home Discount.

Gail Scholes, Chief Executive at Robin Hood Energy, said: “Although we are going into summer, now is the time to think about getting cheaper energy bills this winter. We know it can be an expensive time of year to keep your home warm and we want to help pensioners keep that cost down. No older person should have to sit in the cold this winter because they can’t afford their energy bills, it can be seriously damaging to their mental and physical heath.

“According to MoneySuperMarket, in some areas one in four (28 percent) of people in the UK live in the cold because they cannot afford to heat their homes. Studies estimate people are having to pay up to £147 more on core household bills than they were in 2018 – but people can get help with the Warm Home Discount.”

The Warm Home Discount scheme was launched in April 2011 and has provided assistance with energy costs to over two million low income and vulnerable households in Great Britain each year. Since its launch, the scheme has provided over £2 billion of direct assistance to qualifying households across the country.

Who qualifies for the Warm Home Discount with Robin Hood Energy?

Robin Hood Energy is offering the discount to pensioners receiving the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit. Any pensioner who is already with RHE will automatically get the discount, but the not-for-profit company are encouraging others to contact them to see how much the company could save them on their bills too. These new customers need to sign up by 15 June 2019.

Anyone who thinks they might be eligible for support under the Warm Home Discount scheme, can find information www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme or by contacting your energy supplier directly.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is responsible for Warm Home Discount policy and legislation and the energy industry regulator, Ofgem, has the role to administer certain elements of the scheme.

 

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