£140 one-off payment for rising energy bills – see if you qualify

Utility bills have skyrocketed in recent months and are expected to rise further over the next 15 months following the price cap increase in October.

Another February 7 update is expected to further inflate energy bills ahead of potentially two more price cap increases by April 2023, where it is expected to rise by 50% to an average of £2,000 a year.

More than 15 million households were affected by last October’s increase, which saw default rates rise from £139 to £1,277 a year. Prepaid customers saw their bills rise by £153, from £1,156 to £1,309.

However, some energy suppliers are still receiving support to help ease financial hardship, if households are eligible for the £140 utility bill payment.

What is the Warm Home Discount program?

The Warm Home Discount scheme is a one-time payment of £140 designed to help cover the cost of heating your home.

This is not a cash payment, but the money from the program will be paid to the energy supplier, who will then apply the rebate to your energy bills. The discount is applied between October and March.

Or if you have a prepaid meter you will receive a £140 voucher which can be used to top up your meter.

The government confirmed last month that this amount would be increased to £150, but no date has yet been set for when this increase will occur.

Who can benefit from the Warm Home Discount program?

To benefit from the Warm Home Discount program, you must belong to one of the following two categories:

  • You get the collateral credit element of the pension credit – known as the “core group”

  • You are on a low income and meet your energy supplier’s criteria for the program – known as the “extended group”

How you apply for the Warm Home Discount program depends on how you qualify for the discount.

How do I apply for the Warm Home Discount program?

The first step is to check if your energy supplier is one of the remaining four companies that still offer the Warm Home Discount program.

If so, members of the “core group” should receive a letter between October and December 2021 telling them how to get the discount.

This letter will indicate whether you need to call a helpline before February 28, 2022 to confirm your details.

If you do not receive a letter by December 31 and think you are eligible, you can contact the Warm Home Discount helpline on 0800 731 0214.

Those in the “extended group” who have a low income can go directly to their energy supplier, again, provided they participate in the program.

Each energy supplier will set their own eligibility criteria to decide who will receive the rebate.

Each company only has a certain level of support they can offer, so it’s best to apply as early as possible to avoid missing out.

The four energy suppliers open to applications are:

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