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Islanders struggling with energy costs may be able to get a £140 discount on their electricity bill from the Warm Home Discount scheme.


The government initiative was set up to give extra help to people most in need and aims t help low income households reduce their energy bills, particularly those in fuel poverty.  


Under the scheme, large energy suppliers support people in need of a little help to pay their electricity costs.  


The scheme offers a one-off rebate of £140 on   household’s electricity bills.  

£140 electricity bill rebate for people most in need

23 August 2017

SSE has just opened its scheme for this winter and pensioners who receives the guarantee credit element of pension credit are automatically eligible for the rebate.  


People who are not retired may still qualify if they are an SSE domestic electricity account holder and a member of their household meets certain criteria such as being in receipt of certain benefits, on a low income, or if they have a disability or illness.  


Once the application has been processed SSE will be in touch by letter with the outcome.


This scheme operates on a first come, first served basis and Tighean Innse Gall (TIG) advise that you apply early to avoid disappointment.


Martha MacLeod, fuel poverty officer at TIG said: “If you have any questions regarding the scheme or need help in completing an application get in touch with the energy advice section at Tighean Innse Gall by calling 01851 706121 and then selecting option 3.


“If you qualify, the Warm Home Discount will be credited to your electricity account sometime before 31 March 2018.  


“If you use a pre-payment meter the payment will be credited to your meter during or after a top-up.”