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Warm Home Discount Scheme

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POGS Mon 08-Oct-12 21:23:08

I don't know how many G.N.'s actually are carers so I am not sure this thread will be of use to anybody but I thought it might help someone.

My dad is 93 and in receipt of Attendence Allowance and Guaranteed Pension Credit. He received a letter today saying he was entitled to Warm Home Discount Scheme and he would have another £130 put into his account before December 2012. to help with his electric/gas bill.

I am posting as I think it is a government scheme that could apply to those, such as my dad, automatically but others can apply so it might be worth a call to see. The number is 0845 603 9439. Nothing ventured nothing gained as they say. I am sorry I don't know the full story. blush

jeni Mon 08-Oct-12 21:40:57

Do they ask for his bank account details. I have not heard of this!

JessM Mon 08-Oct-12 21:46:59

I had not heard either, despite some knowledge of this area.
But yes - for certain elderly vulnerable people, if they are with participating electricity companies

POGS Mon 08-Oct-12 21:50:28


You do have to submit your bank details to obtain guaranteed pension credit, attendence allowance, rate relief housing benefit etc. Dad was treated with utmost respect from our council and social services after he was sadly taken ill almost two years ago. They were brilliant at sorting things out and getting his entitlements. His gas and electric bills are no worry as they are fully covered with government help, a point lost on many people.

gramps Mon 08-Oct-12 22:25:47

My wife and I get the heating allowance, as we are both in late seventies and
eighty, also disabled.
We could have had the loft insulated for free, but could not clear it, as required.

POGS Mon 08-Oct-12 22:52:53


As far as we can work out dad will still get the £300 winter fuel allowance and the £25 a week cold weather payment. This came out of the blue and as far as we can see is an extra £130????

People knock the system but we certainly cannot thus far.

Love to Mrs. Gramps

Granny23 Tue 09-Oct-12 00:05:14

Although not in receipt of any benefits, we would qualify for free loft and cavity wall insulation under the Scottish Government Scheme, simply because DH is over 70. As we have already insulated the loft to the recommended depth at our own expense and we have no cavities to be filled (stone built cottage with 2 1/2 foot thick walls) qualification is a bit academic!

Maniac Tue 09-Oct-12 12:21:04

I've had free loft insulation and winter fuel allowance. I'm on state pension and low fixed income but because I have no mortgage,no dependants- have been
careful and have some savings I am JUST above the level to claim pension credit.
I divorced before the rule about getting share of husbands pension.
I'm comfortable but can't afford too many cruises luxuries.
After 50 years in a profession I occasionally feel slightly aggrieved

glammanana Tue 09-Oct-12 14:00:34

POGS We received this payment last year as DH has DLA paid to him we applied for the forms from our supplier and completed them,it must have been about March when we received a letter saying it had been paid direct to our supplier,we have just received this years forms and sent them off,this has not effect on Winter Fuel Allowance or cold weather payments and of course it is not widely advertized such a lot of people are not aware of it at all.

POGS Tue 09-Oct-12 20:57:27


Definately did not get it last year, I wonder why, perhaps because we didn't apply as never heard of it. This years letter dad didn't have to do anything automatically will go into his account.

I do wonder how it is said that pensioners are dying from the cold, all I can imagine is there are many out there who do not have any help, or ask for it, from authorities. Or it is a scare mongering tactic as anyone with less than £16,000,00 is entitiled to it, I believe?. Naturally I am happy to be taken to task on that point as it is only my understanding not fact.

Deedaa Mon 22-Oct-12 22:41:46

We have had the free cavity wall insulation and also had a new boiler under the Warm Front scheme. Because we have a hot air system which is more expensive we had to pay £1000 towards it, but it is definitely saving us money now! The downside to the scheme was that it was a nightmare getting it organised as nobody seemed to know what they were doing.

Joan1 Tue 23-Oct-12 19:08:51

I didn`t have to apply, both last year and this year I got a letter saying it would automatically be paid to my supplier

burnette Wed 19-Dec-12 14:57:21

never heard of this. my husband is confined to a chair for 10 hours a day due to rhumatoid arthritis and a broken hip, the fuel bills are huge so will give this a go worth a try anks

FlicketyB Wed 19-Dec-12 16:31:52

Gramps, under the new Green Deal (or whatever it is to be called). Loft clearing and reloading is included in the loft insulation package.

When the power companies and government did research into the number of hoouseholds who didnt accept free roof insulation it was found that this was mainly because they couldnt manage to empty or reload the loft themselves and didnt know where to get help, or how to afford it.

glammanana Wed 19-Dec-12 16:37:12

burnette ring your supplier and ask for a form they will send you one if the offer is still running,not sure if there was a cut off date if there was be sure to claim next year,ours has been credited to our account along with others that we know who had applied for it. Good luck.