Martin Lewis urges customers to sign up for £140 help towards energy bills

Martin Lewis urges customers to sign up for £140 help towards energy bills

Martin Lewis has urged households not to miss out on £140 payments to help hard-up families with their energy bills.

Speaking on the ITV Money Show last week, the MoneySavingExpert founder said the cash would be paid out to some people automatically, while others have to claim.

The payments are made as part of the Warm Home Discount scheme, run by the government and energy providers.

People in the ‘core group’ get the payments automatically – such as those on pension credit.

Those in the ‘broader group’, such as people on low incomes, have to apply.

Many energy companies have stopped providing the £140, but some are still taking applications.

Lewis said: “Are you a customer of Bulb, E.on or So Energy? Their Warm Home Discounts are still open – that’s £140 towards people on low income.”

Are you struggling to access the scheme? Message mirror.money.saving@mirror.co.uk

The founder of MoneySavingExpert had some advice for those needing help with energy bills
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What is the Warm Home Discount scheme?

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

The government has said that this amount will rise to £150 but no date has been set yet for when this increase will happen.

The money from the Warm Home Discount Scheme is not paid to you as a cash sum.

Instead, it is normally paid directly to your energy supplier, who will then apply the discount to your energy bills.

The discount is applied between October and March.

Or if you have a pre-payment meter, you’ll be sent a £140 voucher that can be used to top up your meter.

Who is eligible for the Warm Home Discount scheme?

To qualify for the Warm Home Discount scheme, you must fall into one of the two categories:

  • You get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit – known as the “core group”
  • You’re on a low income and meet your energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme – known as the “broader group”

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

How do you apply for the Warm Home Discount scheme?

The first step is to check if your energy supplier offers the Warm Home Discount scheme, as not all suppliers are signed up to the support.

If your energy provider is part of the scheme, those in the “core group” should receive a letter between October and December 2021 telling them how to get the discount.

This letter will say if you need to call a helpline by February 28, 2022 to confirm your details.

If you haven’t had a letter and you think you’re eligible, you can contact the Warm Home Discount helpline on 0800 731 0214.

Those in the ‘broader group’ can apply directly to their energy supplier, again, providing they are taking part in the scheme.

Each energy supplier will set its own eligibility criteria to decide who gets the discount.

Each firm will also only have a certain amount of support they can offer, so it’s best to apply sooner rather than later to avoid missing out.

Which energy suppliers are open for applications now?

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