MILLIONS of British Gas customer have two days left to apply for a £140 discount off their heating bills.The energy firm offers struggling households the chance to benefit from the warm home discount scheme, but the deadline is fast approaching.
1British Gas customers can get help with paying their energy bills
British Gas, which has 9million customers, confirmed that consumers need to get their applications in before 8am on Tuesday, January 11.
Requests made after that cut off point won’t be considered, and you could miss out on a £140 discount on your energy bills.
The warm home discount runs each year to help hard-up families with the cost of heating their houses.
Energy prices are currently sky-high, and set to rise even further this year, so it’s essential that eligible households take advantage of the financial help.
If you’re not a British Gas customer, you could still get a discount through your supplier – but most other schemes are also closing soon so you should act fast.
We explain everything you need to know about British Gas’ warm home discount, including who is eligible and how to apply.
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What is the warm home discount scheme?
The Government’s warm home discount scheme is a one-off payment of £140 that goes towards your heating costs.
You won’t be sent the cash as it is usually paid directly to your energy supplier which will then apply the discount to your bills.
But if you have a pre-payment meter, you’ll be sent a £140 voucher that you can use to top up your account.
The discount will be applied before March 31 2022, although it could be paid early.
Who is eligible for the warm home discount scheme?
There are two ways of receiving the warm home discount, depending on your financial circumstances.
If you get the guarantee credit element of pension credit, you’re part of something known as the “core group”.
This means you should automatically get the money off your bill and you don’t have to apply.
People who fall under that group should already have been contacted by their supplier.
There is also a “broader group”, consisting of people on a low income.
You’ll also have to meet other criteria, such as claiming Universal Credit.
British Gas’ deadline for households in the broader group is January 11.
In order to receive the money you must:
Be in receipt of the savings or guarantee & savings element of the State Pension Credit – unless already qualifying as part of Core Group
receive one of the following means tested eligible benefits:
Income based Jobseekers’ Allowance
Income related Employment and Support Allowance (which includes a work-related activity or support component)
Universal Credit (low income elements), and either the child element for children aged 5 or under, disabled child element or a disability or pensioner premium
Have a gross annual household income of l …