Martin Lewis urges Britons to check eligibility for Warm Home Discount worth £140


Responding to someone who had tweeted in saying that they were scared about the severe energy price hikes after their previous supplier had gone bust, Mr Lewis suggested that people who are vulnerable should “look what help is available, including the warm home discount”.

However, he warned that getting help via the Warm Home Discount may not be straightforward, with not every supplier offering the discount and not everyone being eligible for it.

He said: “Not every firm offers it, and the eligibility criteria are complicated, but it’s £140 extra payment.

“If you’re on a low income or on the guaranteed element of Pension Credit, I would go and call up your supplier and see if you’re eligible for it.”

As Mr Lewis laid out, the Warm Home Discount provides eligible people with £140 off their electricity bill to help them heat their home during the winter.

READ MORE: Over 60s face paying for prescriptions in NHS change – who can get them for free?

People who get the Guarantee Credit part of Pension Credit are entitled to claim the Warm Home Discount, as well as people on a low income who meet the criteria set out by their relevant energy supplier.

Pension Credit is a benefit for people who are over state pension age and are on low incomes. It helps eligible pensioners to handle the cost of living by providing them with additional income.

There are two parts to Pension Credit; Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit, with each part affording a different level of supplementary income to recipients.

See also  What Trump tax returns may reveal following Supreme Court ruling

Guarantee Credit tops up weekly income for single claimants to a guaranteed level of £177.10 each week, meaning those receiving Guarantee Credit can receive an income of £9,209.20 per year.

Married pensioners or those in civil partnerships would see their income go up to £270.30 a week. This would mean they would pick up £14,055.60 per year.

People who reached state pension age, which is 66 in the UK for both men and women, on or after April 6 2016 are eligible for the Guarantee Credit part of Pension Credit, and could therefore claim the Warm Home Discount.

Mr Lewis has been an advocate for the rate of the Warm Home Discount increasing in line with energy bills, and he discussed this on Good Morning Britain on Thursday.

He said: “It’s currently £140 a year but someone has just tweeted me from Good Morning Britain saying a minister has announced it should go up to £150.

“I have been lobbying for it to go up as energy bills are going up year on year, and the Warm Home Discount has been £140 for nine years.

“£150 isn’t going to tickle the sides to be honest, but it’s an eight percent rise and energy prices are going up far more than that.”

As Mr Lewis mentioned, no increase has been made to the amount received by claimants in the last nine years, as it has stayed at £140. Mr Lewis has previously given his thoughts on this on his Twitter account.

He intimated that the rate of the Warm Home Discount does not make sense considering the bloated costs of energy bills, tweeting: “The warm home discount given to help those on low incomes afford energy bills has been fixed at £140 for the last nine years.

See also  ‘The corporates hate me’: the rise of the cut-price funeral firm

“The cheapest energy deals are nearly 40 percent higher than a year ago. You needn’t be Rachel Riley to see that doesn’t add up.”

If the cheapest energy deals have indeed increased by 40 percent since this time in 2020, it might be said that the £140 discount has not moved with the times and as such, is not providing adequate support to help heat Britons’ homes.

If the amount offered by the Warm Home Discount had also gone up by 40 percent, it would now be worth £196, meaning recipients could pick up an extra £56 for the winter.

Helping pensioners during the punishing winter months has never been more important following the recent developments regarding rising energy costs, but it certainly seems that Mr Lewis does not feel the Warm Home Discount is doing enough.





READ SOURCE

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here