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With fuel prices soaring at the moment, many people may need help with heating bills this winter and Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson is reminding residents of the Warm Home Discount.

The Warm Home Discount is a government scheme which gives people receiving certain benefits a payment of £140 towards their winter electricity bills.

It’s paid for by energy suppliers and is in addition to, not instead of, Cold Weather Payments and Winter Fuel Payments.

Under the Warm Home Discount Scheme residents could get £140 off their electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022.

There are two ways to qualify for the Warm Home Discount Scheme, and how residents apply for the Warm Home Discount Scheme depends on how residents qualify for the discount.

  • Residents who get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit known as the ‘core group’ should receive a letter between October and December 2021 telling residents how to get the discount if they qualify. The letter will say if residents need to call a helpline by 28 February 2022 to confirm their details. The electricity supplier will apply the discount to the bill by 31 March 2022. If you think you are eligible for the ‘core group’ and do not get the letter by 31 contact the Warm Home Discount helpline on 0800 731 0214
  • For residents on low income who meet the energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme – known as the ‘broader group’ it will be the electricity supplier who decides who can get the discount, and residents should apply to them directly. The number of discounts suppliers can give is limited. Check with supplier as early as possible see how to apply. The electricity supplier will apply the discount, if granted, to your bill by 31 March 2022

Energy Supplier 2021-22 Warm Home Discount application details:

British Gas 

EDF Energy 


Scottish Power 



Residents can still qualify for the discount if they use a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go electricity meter.

The scheme opens on 18 October 2021.

The money is not paid to direct to residents but is a one-off discount on electricity bills, between October and March. Residents may be able to get the discount on gas bills instead if the supplier provides you with both gas and electricity. Contact the supplier to find out.

The discount will not affect Cold Weather Payments and Winter Fuel Payments.