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Help With Energy Bills For Thousands More Pensioners

December 13th, 2019

The government has announced that this winter an extra 200,000 pensioners will get help with their energy bills.

The Warm Home Discount Scheme -is now worth £140 per household, paid by energy companies. Everyone who receives Pension Credit Guarantee will now also be part of the scheme. Although pensioner groups welcomed the move, they have warned those thousands of elderly people who have not yet claimed Pension Credit, that they will miss out on the payments.

The discount can also be claimed by those hundreds of thousands of people on low incomes who are eligible. This discount, in most cases, is applied automatically by energy suppliers. There are however, many people who cannot be given the discount unless they request it.

This may be because the edibility criteria may vary from supplier to supplier, therefore household are advised to contact their energy company directly to find out if they may be eligible.

Take-up rate

Steve Webb, a minister at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) said: “As we approach winter, no one should have to go without heating because they can’t afford to pay the bills,”.

However Age UK said those hundreds of thousands of elderly people not claiming Pension Credit will still not get the discount. They also said that a third of those who are eligible and do not claim it.

Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK said: “Clearly much more must be done to encourage these older people who need extra help the most to claim everything they are entitled to, so they don’t have to struggle through the winter,”.

Although 1.7m pensioners will now be able to claim the discount, those expected to take it are only £1, admitted the DWP. However, many people do not wish to accept benefits on principle a said government spokesman.

The scheme began in 2011 and this winter is expected to cost energy firms £315m.

The energy industry has vouched not to cut of the energy sup-pliers in the winter months of those more vulnerable customers.

Caroline Abrahams said, “Ultimately the only viable long term solution for fuel poverty is to make people’s homes truly energy efficient, and as quickly as possible”.

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