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Martin Lewis warns Warm Home Discount recipients to check this when switching energy deals

Martin Lewis appeared alongside Angellica Bell on The Martin Lewis Money Show last night. Yesterday’s episode was focused on energy suppliers, and looked at how viewers could get the best deal for them.

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During the show, one viewer, called Lindsay, asked Mr Lewis a question about switching energy provider, while receiving the Warm Home Discount.

She wrote: “Can I switch and still receive the Warm Home Discount?”

Mr Lewis replied: “So, the Warm Home Discount is £140 a year for some vulnerable customers.

“Provided the new provider offers it, you’ll get it, if you’re on the ‘core element’ – which is those people on the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit. You’ll definitely get it.”

The Warm Home Discount is £140 a year for some vulnerable customers.

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Mr Lewis explained that those who are on the “broader element” of this scheme may need to make a simple check prior to switching to a different energy supplier.

“If you’re on the ‘broader element’ which is for people on low incomes, different suppliers have different criteria so you’ll want to check first whether you’ll still get that Warm Home Discount.”

What is the Warm Home Discount Scheme?

Under the Warm Home Discount Scheme, those eligible can get £140 off their electricity bill for winter 2019 to 2020.

The money is not paid to the bill-payer, but instead it is a one-off discount on their electricity bill, between September and March.

Should the supplier provide the bill-payer with both gas and electricity, they may be able to get the discount on their gas bill instead. Gov.uk suggests contacting the supplier to find out if it’s possible.

Who is eligible for the Warm Home Discount Scheme?

There are two ways to qualify for this scheme, and the way in which a person applies will depend on how they qualify for the discount.

The first way is being in the “core group” – meaning a person gets the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit.

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The other instance is if a person is on a low income and they meet their energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme. These people are known as being in the “broader group”.

In terms of the “broader group”, eligible people can apply directly to their electricity supplier for help.

This is if they don’t get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit, but:

  • Their energy supplier is part of the scheme
  • They are on a low income
  • They get certain means-tested benefits.

Gov.uk points out that to get the discount, the bill-payer would need to stay with their supplier until it is paid.

In the “broader group”, the electricity supplier decides who can get the discount.

Gov.uk instructs people to check whether they’re eligible and can apply “as early as possible”, due to the number of discounts suppliers are able to give being limited.

The discount will be applied by the electricity supplier by March 31, 2020.

Which energy suppliers are part of the Warm Home Discount Scheme?

According to Gov.uk, the following energy suppliers are part of the scheme:

  • Angelic Energy
  • Atlantic
  • Avro Energy
  • Beam Energy
  • Boost
  • Bristol Energy – only if one is eligible for the ‘core group’
  • British Gas
  • Bulb Energy
  • Citizen Energy
  • Co-operative Energy
  • E (Gas and Electricity)
  • Ebico
  • EDF Energy
  • E.ON
  • First Utility – now Shell Energy
  • Flow Energy
  • Fosse Energy
  • GB Energy
  • Great North Energy
  • Green Network Energy
  • Green Star/Hudson
  • Liverpool Energy Community Company
  • Lumo
  • npower
  • Octopus Energy
  • OVO
  • Powershop – see npower
  • Ram Energy
  • Robin Hood Energy – only if one is eligible for the ‘core group’
  • Sainsbury’s Energy
  • Scottish Gas – see British Gas
  • Scottish Hydro – see SSE
  • ScottishPower
  • Shell Energy (previously First Utility)
  • Southern Electric – see SSE
  • Spark
  • SSE
  • SWALEC – see SSE
  • Utilita
  • Utility Warehouse
  • White Rose Energy

The Martin Lewis Show is available to watch now on the ITV Hub.

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