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Help with fuel bills and heating your home

Cold weather payments

Payments and grants to help the over 60s and people on low income stay warm

Cold weather payments can help people who receive certain benefits with additional heating costs during the winter period.

The 2021/22 scheme runs from 1 November 2021 to 31 March 2022. A payment of £25 will be paid for each seven-day period when your local temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below, between 1 November 2021 and 31 March 2022.

You don't need to apply. If you are eligible to receive a cold weather payment, you'll be paid it automatically into the same bank or building society account as your benefit payments. For further information please contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 or visit our Cold Weather Payments page or GOV.UK.

Winter fuel payments

If you were born on or before 26 October 1955 you could get between £100 and £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills.

You will get your Winter Fuel Payment automatically (you do not need to claim) if you’re eligible and either:

  • get the State Pension
  • get another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit)

If you do not get either of these or if you live abroad, you may need to make a claim on the government website.

If you’ve got a Winter Fuel Payment before, you do not need to claim again unless you’ve deferred your State Pension or moved abroad.

The deadline for you to make a claim for winter 2021 to 2022 is 31 March 2022

For further information please contact Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 or visit our Winter Fuel Payments page or GOV.UK.

Warm home discount scheme

You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2021/2022 under the warm home discount scheme. The scheme opens on 18 October 2021.

The money is not paid to you - it's a one-off discount on your electricity bill, usually between October and March. You may be able to get the discount on your gas bill instead if your supplier provides you with both gas and electricity. Contact your supplier to find out.

You may qualify for the discount if all of the following apply:

  • you were in receipt of the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit - known as the 'core group'
  • You're on a low income and meet your energy supplier's criteria for the scheme - known as the 'broader group'

If you didn't get a letter

Contact the Warm Home Discount Helpline if you didn't get the letter and both of the following apply:

  • you get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit
  • you think you qualify

Contact Charis Grants for more information about the scheme:

Charis Grants Ltd
Call 0330 555 9424
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5:30pm (closed on bank holidays)

Find out more about call charges.

For any other queries about the scheme, contact your electricity supplier.

Page last updated:
04 Oct 2021

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