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The Warm Home Discount Scheme launched on
Help will be provided in four ways, through:
The Core Group—this will provide energy supplier funded rebates (worth £120 in winter 2011-12) on electricity bills for people who receive pension credit guarantee credit only and meet some other eligibility criteria. Over 600,000 rebates are expected to be provided this winter.
The Broader Group—this will provide energy supplier funded rebates (worth £120 in winter 2011-12) on electricity bills for a Broader Group of low income and vulnerable people determined by each energy supplier and agreed with Ofgem.
Continued help via existing social or discounted fuel tariffs. This will decrease over each year of the scheme as the number of people receiving a rebate in the Broader Group grows.
Support through industry initiatives carried out by the energy suppliers to provide support to tackle fuel poverty other than direct discounts on energy bills e.g. debt help lines or the provision of energy advice for low income and vulnerable consumers. These will be approved by Ofgem in line with the scheme requirements.
Regional or, unitary breakdowns are not available.