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Warm home discount


(Published 17 June 2011)

Ministers have announced that 800,000 of the poorest pensioners are to be among the first to receive the new Warm Home Discount, worth at least £120 this year.

Energy companies are to be required by law to give rebates totaling £1.1 billion over the next four years, with payments also expected for disadvantaged families, the disabled and the long-term sick.

The regulations introducing the new scheme are already in force, according to the Department for Energy and Climate Change. The Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne, said: “The Warm Home Discount will give the most vulnerable pensioners practical help to manage rising energy bills through an annual rebate. Energy companies will be required by law to provide this support.”

The move follows warnings that consumers face steep rises in fuel bills. Last week, Scottish Power announced that prices are to rise by up to 19%, increasing gas and electricity costs by up to £200 a year. Other companies are expected to follow suit.