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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 2020/21 scheme runs from 1 November 2020 to 31 March 2021. 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 2020 and 31 March 2021.

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 5 October 1954 you could get between £100 and £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills.

The amount of money you receive depends on your circumstances during the qualifying week. The qualifying week for 2020/21 was 21 September 2020 to 27 September 2020. We will write to you informing you how much money you'll get and an estimated payment date. Most payments are made between November and December. If you get any other benefit you will get your winter fuel payment at the same time as your regular payments.

If the money is not paid into your account by 13 January 2021, call the office that pays your benefits - their details are on any letters they sent you.

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

Warm home discount scheme

You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2020/2021 under the warm home discount scheme.

The money is not paid to you - it's a one-off discount on your electricity bill, usually between September 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:

  • your supplier was part of the scheme
  • your name (or your partner's) was on the bill
  • you were in receipt of the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (even if you receive Savings Credit as well)

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.

If you don't qualify

You may be able to apply directly to your electricity supplier for help if you don't qualify because you don't get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit but:

  • you're on a low income
  • you get certain means-tested benefits

Check with your supplier to see if you're eligible and how to apply

Page last updated:
14 Dec 2020

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