Warm Home Discount shake-up revealed by Government with 290,000 people losing out and 750,000 added - check to see if you can get it
The Government has changed who is and isn't eligible for the Warm Home Discount scheme, with almost 300,000 disability benefit claimants no longer able to get the rebate. However, the change will see an additional 750,000 households receive the energy payment. Here's how to check if you're eligible.
Update: 2 August 2022: You now have until and inclusive of 21 August 2022 to submit a claim for one of the eligible benefits below and receive the Warm Home Discount this winter (2022/23) - so long as you also have high energy bills. This deadline has been extended from the original date of 31 July 2022. We've asked the Government why this date has changed and we will update this story when we know more. We're also still awaiting clarification of what a "high energy bill" looks like under the scheme.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its response to a consultation on the WHD scheme on 1 April 2022 and set out a number of key changes to it, which will come into force for winter 2022/23.
Currently, the scheme pays £140 to vulnerable people to help towards their energy bills. See our Housing and energy grants guide for full info.
From winter 2022/23, this payment will increase to £150 but only those with high energy costs who claim a means-tested benefit - where your eligibility to claim (and how much money you then receive) depends on your income and savings - will be eligible.
The Government says this means an additional 750,000 households will receive the rebate due to those on housing benefit, which is a means-tested benefit, now being able to claim.
But those with disabilities who only claim personal independence payments, attendance allowance or disability living allowance, which are not means-tested, will no longer get the warm home discount - affecting 290,000 existing claimants. To keep getting the rebate, you'll need to have high energy bills AND be eligible for one of the qualifying means-tested benefits.
Who is eligible for the Warm Home Discount in 2021/22 - and who will no longer qualify for winter 2022/23
The below table details which benefits you need to be on to qualify for the Warm Home Discount now and from winter 2022/23.
It's worth checking if you are eligible for any benefits - particularly if you have a household income under £30,000 or children - using our free 10-minute benefits checker tool, though there are no guarantees.
Until and including winter 2021/22
From winter 2022/23 (i)
|Attendance allowance||Dependant on supplier||No|
|Child tax credits and working tax credits||Yes||Yes|
|Disability living allowance||Dependant on supplier||No|
|Housing benefit||Dependant on supplier||Yes|
|Income-related employment and support allowance||Yes||Yes|
|Income-based jobseeker's allowance||Yes||Yes|
|Personal independence payment||Dependant on supplier||No|
|Pension credit guarantee credit||Yes||Yes|
|Pension credit savings credit||Dependant on supplier||Yes|
Under the new scheme, you should receive the rebate automatically
Under the current rules, unless you receive the guarantee credit element of pension credit, where you get the warm home discount automatically, you have to apply to your supplier to receive the warm home discount. And even then it's on a first come, first serve basis with suppliers also able to set their own eligibility criteria for those on certain benefits.
Under the new rules, those in receipt of the guarantee credit element of pension credit will still be guaranteed the warm home discount. Everyone else will receive a letter from October telling them that they will either receive the rebate automatically and therefore don't need to do anything, or that they may be eligible but need to call a dedicated helpline to provide further evidence of your eligibility.
If you think you're eligible but don't receive the letter in October, you can also contact a helpline, which will be available on Gov.uk or via Citizens Advice.