The Warm Home Discount is a one-off payment of £140 (including VAT) off electricity bills to help customers who are struggling to pay. The money comes off your bill rather than being paid directly into your bank account
The Warm Home Discount scheme is separated into a ‘Core’ group and a ‘Broader’ group:
Core group – if you were an OVO customer and were getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit on the qualifying date of 5 July 2020, you’re part of the Core group and will receive a letter from DWP by December 2020, so you don’t need to apply for it. The letter will tell you what you need to do next. We aim to make this payment as quickly as possible, but you’ll receive it by 31st March 2021 at the latest.
Broader group (existing OVO customers) –
Eligibility is based on your individual circumstances and you need to apply during the application window.
It’s awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis.
You can register your interest for next winter's scheme in here.
If you or your partner were getting the ‘guaranteed’ element of Pension Credit on 5 July 2020 and believe you should qualify for the rebate but haven’t received a letter by December 2020, please call the Department of Work and Pensions Warm Home Discount Scheme helpline on
0800 731 0214 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm). This helpline is for the ‘guaranteed’ element of Pension credit customers only.
The deadline date for claiming a Warm Home Discount Scheme rebate is
28th February 2021, so please make sure you contact them before this date otherwise you could miss out.
Please note, the scheme for the 2019/20 Warm Home Discount is now closed for new applications. You will need to apply for next year’s scheme when the application window is open in Autumn 2020, as it’s not given to you automatically. It’s awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis, so the sooner you send us your application, the better.
You can register your interest for next winter's scheme in April 2020.
The energy regulator, Ofgem, asks us to collect evidence from a random number of applicants for the Warm Home Discount. We can usually get the information we need from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), but sometimes, we might ask you for the evidence directly.
Don’t worry, we’ll give you plenty of notice if we require additional information from you. If you can’t provide evidence within the timeframe we ask for, your application may be withdrawn.
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