You may be entitled to £140 discount on your electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount Scheme

More pensioners will get money off energy bills this winter as the Warm Homes Discount Scheme is extended.

Around 112,000 now qualify, up from 94,000 last year, with the discount being increased from £135 to £140.

It comes on top of cold weather payments and winter fuel allowances, and some working age people on low incomes may also qualify.

UK Pensions Minister Steve Webb said the aim was to ensure the poorest households got the support they need.

“As we approach winter, no-one should have to go without heating because they can’t afford the bills,” he said.

“That’s why we have significantly extended the Warm Home Discount Scheme – and increased its value – to give people peace of mind that they can keep their homes comfortable throughout the coldest months.”

It has now been extended to all people receiving Pension Credit Guarantee Credit, who will see a one-off discount taken from their energy bills some time between October and March.

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