Winter Fuel Payment
An annual payment for older people. To qualify you must receive a state pension (some exclusions apply) or get another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit).
If you qualify but haven’t received an automatic payment; contact the Winter Fuel Payment helpline on 0800 731 0160.
Warm Home Discount
The Warm Home Discount (WHD) is a one-off discount on your energy bill over the winter. This year the discount is £140. It is available for 2 groups of people:
Open the following document, provided by Nottingham City Council, to see if your energy supplier is offering the WHD and if you qualify.
Cold Weather Payment
If the average temperature in the area is recorded as, or forecast to be, 0 degrees Celsius or below for 7 consecutive days and you receive an eligible means-tested benefit. You will get a payment of £25 for each 7-day period of very cold weather.
Priority Register Service
This is a FREE service that offers extra support for those who are eligible; such as, priority if there is a power cut.
Ask your energy supplier about the Priority Register Service. Don’t know who your energy supplier is? Call Western Power Distribution on 0800 096 3080. You should request to be put on their priority register as well.
Find out more about the priority service register here
For more information on the financial support available to you:
Tips on how to stay safe and well in winter:
Follow these tips to get your home winter ready:
According to the uSwitch website (2018) 'Between 1 Jan 2018 and 30 Jun 2018, at least 10% of people who switched energy supplier for both gas & electricity with uSwitch.com saved £482 or more.'
On the 20th February 2019 we partnered up with Marches Energy Action, Nottingham Energy Partnership, Citizens Advice and uSwitch to put on an event at the Sutton outdoor market. To find out more about the services they offer, follow the link to their website.
At the event we informed residents of how to waste less energy and discussed the benefits of switching energy supplier.
Watch these videos produced by the National Energy Action (NEA):