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Amid soaring energy bills, the government will bar 210,000 DLA, PIP and Attendance Benefit claimants from claiming discounts to heat their homes.
More than 200,000 yen benefit Claimants will be barred from paying £150 by the government to help heat homes in winter, The Mirror understands.
These changes mean that people claiming the Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Attendance Allowance (AA) will no longer be able to apply. Warm home discount program.
The government-backed scheme gives cash to energy suppliers, which is then converted into a £140 discount on household bills – which is expected to rise to £150 this year.
Charity organization for people with disabilities Limit condemned the “shocking” move.
The Government will announce this week that it will increase the Home Discount payment from £140 to £150 and expand the pool of people who can claim it by 780,000.
But it would exclude about 210,000 people on DLA, PIP and AA from receiving these payments, The Mirror understands.
Recipients of these benefits are currently eligible for a discount on their energy bills, but will be barred as a change.
The government needs to introduce new legislation to make this happen, but this probably won’t happen until the end of the year.
“It is shocking that such a large number of people with disabilities are about to be cut off from the Warm Home Discount Program,” said Tom Marsland, range consumer policy director.
“This comes at a time when energy prices and the cost of living are skyrocketing, and many disabled people will be faced with some extremely difficult choices.”
Marsland pointed out that “life costs more if you are disabled” and urged the government to rethink its policy.
He added: “Many disabled people have no choice but to use energy to power critical medical devices, keep temperatures stable, or continuously run home appliances.
“This cost-of-living crisis plus the fact that benefits don’t increase with inflation. People simply don’t have enough money to live on.”
The changes are taking place following consultations from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Scope told the department it was ‘disappointed’ that there was no recognition that people with disabilities could have higher energy costs.
A government spokesman said: “The Warm Home Discount scheme continues to help vulnerable households heat their homes and from October this year this figure will rise to £150. UK and expanding to help an additional 780,000 households across the UK.
“Reducing prices is just one measure we are taking to help address rising energy costs. Our energy price cap continues to insulate households from the volatile gas market and we’re also taking £200 off bills this autumn and £150 off non-electricity bills. council tax bill. ”
Last September, the business minister Kwasi Kwarteng “We had a Warm Home Discount, we had winter fuel payments, again focusing on the most vulnerable customers. So we did,” said. fully focused on helping vulnerable customers this winter, especially in terms of energy pricing.”
The move comes amid soaring energy bills for all UK households.
Millions of homes will see energy bill up nearly £700 from this April.
Those with default tariffs paying by direct debit will see a £693 increase from £1,277 to £1,971 from April 1 – a staggering 54% increase.
Prepaid customers will be hardest hit, with a £708 increase from £1,309 to £2,017.
What is the Warm Home Discount Program?
The program is designed to help cover heating costs for your home.
Money from the Warm Home Discount Program is not paid to you in cash.
Instead, it is usually paid directly to your energy supplier, who will then apply a discount to your energy bills.
The discount is applicable between October and March.
Or, if you have a prepaid meter, you will be sent a coupon that can be used to top up your meter.
Who is eligible for the Warm Home Discount program?
To be eligible for the Warm Home Discount program, you must fall into one of two categories:
- You get the Guaranteed Credit element of Pension Credit – known as the ‘core pool’
- You are on low income or vehicle-tested benefits and meet your energy provider’s criteria for the scheme – known as the ‘broader pool’
What the government will announce is that people on the DLA, PIP and AA will be excluded from the broader pool.
How you apply for the Home Discount program depends on how you qualify for the discount.
How do you apply for the Warm Home Discount?
The first step is to check if your energy supplier offers a Warm Home Discount, as not all suppliers sign up for support.
If your energy supplier is part of the scheme, people in the ‘core group’ will receive a letter between October and December telling them how to get the discount.
Those in the low-income ‘broader pool’ can apply directly to their energy supplier – again, as long as they are participating in the scheme.
Each energy supplier will set their own eligibility criteria to decide who gets a discount.
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