Warm Home Discount – The scheme for 2015/16 is now open to new applications

Following a hugely successful fourth year in which we helped over 250,000 EDF Energy customers, giving out over £36 million in rebates, Warm Home Discount is now open for a fifth year.

What is Warm Home Discount?

Warm Home Discount (WHD) is a five-year scheme that was introduced in 2011. It involves the government and electricity suppliers working together to offer extra support to people struggling to afford their energy. There are a number of ways the scheme can offer support, including rebates.

A WHD rebate is a one-off annual payment towards an existing EDF Energy customers’ electricity. For 2015/16 the value of the rebate is £140 (inclusive of VAT) and will be paid by the end of March 2016. The payment will be credited to the customers electricity account or, in the case of prepayment customers, provided as PayPoint vouchers. To qualify for the rebate you must continue to be in supply of your electricity with EDF Energy when the payments are made in winter 2015/2016 (any time up to 31st March 2016).

There are two types of Warm Home Discount rebate

1. Warm Home Discount rebate

If you receive Pension Credit on the qualifying date of 12 July 2015, you will automatically qualify for the Warm Home Discount rebate, provided you receive either:

The Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit only OR

Both the Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit element of Pension Credit

If you qualify for this rebate, you should receive a letter from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) this autumn or winter to let you know. They will also send us an instruction to pay your rebate by the end of March 2016.

OR

2. Warm Home Discount - Support Plus rebate

If you do not automatically qualify for the Warm Home Discount rebate, you may be eligible for Warm Home Discount – Support Plus. To qualify for Support Plus, you, or your partner living with you, must receive one of the seven benefit combinations below.

Verifying your application

You may be contacted by an company we work with called IncomeMAX and asked to provide documentary evidence of the benefits you receive.

1. Income Support AND

(a) you have a child under the age of five who lives with you; OR

(b) you or another adult living with you, receive any one of the following additions to Income Support: 

  • Child Tax Credit which includes a disability or severe disability element
  • a disabled child premium 
  • a disability premium, enhanced disability premium, disability living allowance or personal independence payment for you or another adult living with you
  • a pensioner premium, higher pensioner premium or enhanced pensioner premium

2. Income-related Employment and Support Allowance which includes a work related activity or support component AND

(a) you have a child under the age of five who lives with you; OR

(b) you or another adult living with you, receive any one of the following additions to Income-related Employment and Support Allowance: 

  • Child Tax Credit which includes a disability or severe disability element 
  • a disabled child premium
  • a disability premium, enhanced disability premium, a work related activity or support component or disability living allowance, personal independence payment for you or another adult living with you
  • a pensioner premium, higher pensioner premium or enhanced pensioner premium

3. Income-based Jobseekers Allowance AND

(a) you have a child under the age of five who lives with you; OR

(b) you, or another adult living with you, receive any one of the following additions to Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance: 

  • Child Tax Credit which includes a disability or severe disability element 
  • a disabled child premium 
  • a disability premium, enhanced disability premium or disability living allowance or personal independence payment for you or another adult living with you
  • a pensioner premium, higher pensioner premium or enhanced pensioner premium

4. Universal Credit

and are not in work; or are in work or self- employed and on a total household annual income of less than £16,190, AND

(a) you, or another adult living with you are in receipt of the limited capability for work element, with or without a work-related activity element, OR

(b) you, or another adult living with you are in receipt of the disabled child element, OR

(c) you have a child under the age of five who lives with you  

5. Child Tax Credit

by virtue of an award which is based on an annual income not exceeding £16,190

6. Working Tax Credit

by virtue of an award which is based on an annual income not exceeding £16,190 AND

(a) you have a child under the age of five who lives with you OR

(b) you are in receipt of a disabled worker element or a severe disability element, OR

(c) you are aged 62 or over

7. Pension Credit - Savings Credit only

If you receive the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit you should automatically qualify for the Warm Home Discount rebate, so don't apply for Support Plus.