Oxford City Council is urging Oxford residents to contact Better Housing Better Health to help get £140 off their electricity bills this winter.
The discount is available under the government’s Warm Home Discount (WHD) scheme. This is a one-off discount on electricity bills between September and March. It is available to people with prepayment meters as well as to those who pay by direct debit or on receipt of a bill.
There are two ways to qualify for a discount. People who get the guarantee credit element of pension credit will receive a letter from their energy supplier telling them how to get their WHD.
Working age people and pensioners not on pension credit can qualify for the WHD if they are on a low income, get means-tested benefits or have a disability or children under five. Eligibility can vary depending on the energy supplier, and there is a limited amount of help available for people who are not pensioners.
To avoid missing out, the council says that residents should not delay contacting their energy supplier to claim the WHD. People who need support to find out if they qualify or to claim WHD should contact the free Better Housing Better Health service.
Better Housing Better Health gives Oxford residents a single point of contact for services, advice and grants in order to stay warm and well in their homes.
The Better Housing Better Health helpline number is 0800 107 0044, which is open between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays.
“A warm home is a healthier home, so it’s really important you claim the £140 Warm Home Discount on your electricity bill if you’re eligible. Don’t delay, contact your electricity supplier and claim today!
“If you’re not sure if you can claim or want some support claiming your discount, contact Better Housing Better Health on 0800 107 0044. And please spread the word – if you know someone who might benefit from a Warm Home Discount or other help and advice to heat their home properly, Better Housing Better Health is there to support them and help them avoid the health problems that living in a cold or damp home can produce. Please pass the number on.”
Councillor Louise Upton, cabinet member for healthy Oxford