Around a million vulnerable pensioners across the UK will receive a winter windfall of £140 off their fuel bills thanks to Government efforts working with energy firms to cut their costs.
Eligible Pension Credit customers who qualify for the discount were identified after the Department for Work and Pensions cross-checked its records with energy suppliers.
Customer data was matched with records from more than 50 participating suppliers so that 95% of pensioners who will get the discount will receive it without having to lift a finger – savings totalling £137 million.
The deduction, called the Warm Home Discount Scheme, will be taken automatically from energy bills before March 2021, with most pensioners receiving their discounts between now and January.
A further 220,000 pensioners who meet part of the eligibility criteria but are not yet benefiting will receive a letter encouraging them to claim via a dedicated helpline.
The Warm Home Discount Scheme will be extended until at least March 2022, reducing the pressures on low income and vulnerable customers worried about being able to pay their energy bills.