Cost of living support schemes are to end soon. Will you lose out?

Rishi Sunak: cost-of-living support schemes will end with March.

This is another ‘public service announcement’ (as one reader described them) for those of you who need to know.

Some ‘cost of living’ support schemes announced by the Tory government last May are set to close at the end of March. They are:

The Warm Home Discount is a one-off discount of £150 off electricity bills. It was automatically awarded to people in England and Wales on a low income with high energy costs, or who received the Guarantee Credit element of pension credit. In Scotland, the payment was made to the same groups – but those on a low income had to meet their energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme. It began in October 2022 and the scheme ends at the end of March, 2023.

The Cold Weather Payment is essentially a £25 benefit. It’s made for every seven consecutive days when the average temperature in your area is recorded or forecast to be 0°C or below. It ends on March 31 – but is expected to return next winter.

The Energy Bills Support Scheme (EBSS) gave around 29 million households £400 off their energy bills – that’s every home with a domestic electricity connection. From October 2022, a discount of £66 was applied to monthly energy bills, rising to £67 a month from December through to March 2023 – when the scheme ends.

The deadline to make a claim for this year’s (winter 2022-23) Winter Fuel Payment is March 31. It’s paid to people born before 26 September 1956, and the scheme will return in winter 2023. Most people on certain benefits (such as the state pension) will have already received the payment, which is up to £600.

If anyone eligible hasn’t received it, you can apply here before March 31.

Source: All DWP cost of living payments ending in March 2023 – including warm home discount

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One Comment

  1. Grey Swans March 21, 2023 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    The UK state pension is not a benefit, but universally paid to people within the UK National Insurance system. Nothing enrages the 1950s born ladies more than the prejudice incited against us, by calling the state pension a benefit, so it can be hated along with benefit claimants, who are getting an even worse system when the Tories win the next general election (or if Labour wins, the same thing).

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