We deal with applications on a first come first served basis and we only provide the Warm Home Discount to a certain number of customers. We’re getting close to helping as many people as we are able to and could close this year’s scheme at any time. Even if you’ve received the discount previously, you’ll need to apply again for every scheme year.
The Warm Home Discount scheme (WHDS) offers a one off payment of £140 (inclusive of VAT) towards the electricity bills of households that need it most in England, Scotland and Wales.
The scheme was introduced by the Government in April 2011 and administered by energy suppliers. The discount is provided to eligible customers as a payment credited to their electricity account, or as a £140 credit on their electricity key or meter, during the winter.
The Warm Home Discount Scheme separates eligible households into two groups - the 'Core' group and the 'Broader' group.
If you are a Pension credit customer you will be automatically considered for the discount and the Government will write to those who are potentially eligible for the winter 2017/2018 discount in autumn 2017.
You may qualify for this energy discount if you are the named or partner of the account holder on 9th July 2017 (the qualifying date) and you:
If you meet the following conditions, you do not need to do anything now to get your discount in 2017/2018.
To find out more about the eligibility criteria, please visit this page: https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme.
Broader group is existing British Gas customers. You must continue to be in supply of your electricity with British Gas when the payments are made in winter 2017/2018 (any time up to 31st March 2018).
To qualify you must be the account holder or partner of the account holder and are required to meet one of the following criteria:
In receipt of the Savings or Guarantee & Savings element of the State Pension Credit (unless already qualifying as part of Core Group).
And includes one of the following:
Be a customer with a gross annual household income (HHI) of less than £16,190 and the account holder is living with mental or physical disability or illness, or there is vulnerability within the home (children living in the house aged 5 or under) or of pensionable age.
Be a customer with a gross annual household income (HHI) of less than £16,190 and spend 10% or more of household income on energy bills to heat the property.
Please note that we may ask you for documentary evidence to support your claim, as required by Scheme Guidelines.
You will need to apply for the scheme each year in order to be considered for payment.
In order to complete a registration we will need details of all the benefits you receive and amounts, as well as any other household income. Please have this information when you call us.
Please also keep any correspondence you may have confirming household income or benefits gained, as you may be asked to provide documentary evidence to support your claim, as required by Scheme Guidelines.
From 2nd February, we will be introducing a Price Cap for a proportion of our credit customers. The Price Cap is set by Ofgem and is a maximum amount eligible customers can pay per fuel based on typical usage. The Price Cap is reviewed twice a year, every April and October.
We will implement the Price Cap via a new Standard Safeguard tariff, which will protect both gas and electricity prices for British Gas customers who meet all of the below criteria:
*Customers who have been asked to provide more information to support their WHD application will need this to be validated before they can get the Price Cap. Following this validation, we’ll contact those customers and let them know if they are subject to the Price Cap.
The Standard Safeguard tariff is not available for all British Gas customers. You will automatically be moved across to this tariff if you meet the criteria above.
Our tariffs have different features to work with what you need.
We can provide additional services to customers who may need extra support.
Smart meters are gas and electricity meters that allow you to view your energy use in pounds and pence as you use it
 Subject to eligibility.
 We may record calls to help improve our service to you. Calls to 0800 numbers are free from mobiles and landlines. Calls to 0330/0333 numbers will cost you no more than 01 or 02 numbers from landlines and mobiles. If you get 'inclusive minutes' with your package, calls to 0330/0333 numbers will be part of these.
 Eligibility requires the customer household to include a child aged 5 years or under or for the account holder (or partner) to be in receipt of Child Tax Credit that also includes disability or severe disability element, Disability Premium, or Pensioner Premium.
 Household income includes War Disablement Pension, Disablement Pension Allowance and Working Tax Credit. Household income excludes Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit, Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or PIP, Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit; and is before tax and National Insurance are deducted (gross income).