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Significant changes to Warm Home Discount this year

Byoxfordnewspaper

Sep 28, 2022

SIGNIFICANT changes have been to the Warm Home Discount (WHD) ahead of the colder months.

The discount was introduced by the Government in 2011 to offset some of the heating bill prices.

However, some changes have made for 2022-2023 including an increase in the number of energy suppliers participating, and those on disability benefits who don’t have low incomes nor high energy costs will not receive the WHD.

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The value of the WHD payment is currently £150. People do not need to apply in order to receive it, with the exception of those living in mobile homes on a park home site.

The payment is credited automatically to the consumer’s electricity supply account and energy suppliers have to make this payment by March 31 each year at the latest.

Eligibility for the WHD is ascertained by means of data-matching between energy suppliers and government departments.

There are three eligible groups of consumers: low-income pensioner households; low-income people on some means-tested benefits; and households with high energy costs.

This last criterium is determined by the type of property you live in, especially its age and its floor area.

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There is an alternative form of WHD for those living in mobile homes on park home sites. For more information about this, visit www.gov.uk and search for 'Warm Home Discount'.

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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter @Geeharland

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