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Who gets the Warm Home Discount in England and Wales?
Everyone who qualifies for the Warm Home Discount 2023/24 in England and Wales will get a letter from the government automatically. No one has to apply for the discount anymore.
The letter will either say you're getting the discount automatically; or it will ask you to phone a dedicated helpline to give a few more details.
You qualify for the Warm Home Discount 2023/24 in England and Wales if:
1) The electricity company that was supplying your energy on 13 August 2023 takes part in the Warm Home Discount scheme (EDF takes part!)
2) You were getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit on 13 August 2023 – or your were on a low income and had high energy costs on 13 August 2023.
You'll get a letter between October and December 2023 if you qualify. It will either say you're getting the rebate automatically; or it will ask you to phone a dedicated helpline to give a few more details.
Low income and high energy costs – do you qualify?
Here's how the government works out if you're on a low income and have high energy costs.
You're considered to be on a low income if you, or your partner, were getting one of these benefits on 13 August 2023:
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Universal Credit
- Child Tax Credits or Working Tax Credits (and are under the household income threshold)
- Pension Credit Savings Credit (unless you're already in Group 1)
High energy costs
You'll be considered to have high energy costs if your estimated costs are above the government's 'high-energy cost threshold'.
The government uses information and data from the Valuation Office Agency and DESNZ to estimate your energy costs. They look at things like the size, age and type of your property.