The Government has provided certain people with additional support to meet their energy costs in Winter though the Warm Home Discount Scheme. Due to the rising costs of energy, fuel, food, and other services, the Government has introduced additional measures to relieve some of these cost of living pressures. This includes the Energy Rebate Scheme, which comprises of the Council Tax Rebate and the Energy Bills Support Scheme.
All households with a domestic electricity connection will be automatically eligible for a £400 government grant through the Energy Bills Support Scheme. The grant will be paid from October 2022. Households will not need to apply for the grant, as this will appear as an automatic credit on their energy bill from their energy supplier. The grant will not need to be repaid.
The Energy Bills Support Scheme is not a 'public fund' for immigration purposes. As the grant is being applied directly to all energy customers, it can be accessed by a person with no recourse to public funds.
The Warm Home Discount Scheme provides people who are receiving the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit with a £150 discount off their electricity (or, in some cases, gas) bill between October and March. The discount is administered by the energy provider.
Energy customers who do not get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit but are on a low income may be able to apply to their energy provider for a discount.
Each energy company will set their own qualifying criteria to determine who can receive the discount. However, for the 2022-23 scheme, the government guidance states that low-income households will only be eligible if all of the following apply:
Although the Warm Home Discount Scheme is not a 'public fund' for immigration purposes, the qualifying criteria requires an energy customer to be in receipt of a means-tested benefit. Therefore, people with no recourse to public funds are unable to qualify for a discount, unless their energy provider had set criteria that included low-income customers who were not in receipt of benefits.
Therefore, the following measures will not be available to a person with no recourse to public funds: