This scheme requires energy suppliers with more than 150,000 domestic (not business) customers, by law, to help vulnerable customers pay for electricity by providing a discount of £140.
Who's eligible? The 'core group' it helps are those who get the 'guarantee credit' element of the pension credit benefit.
There's also a 'broader group' which energy suppliers consider for the rebate, but this varies from supplier to supplier.
If you're in the core group, you'll get the rebate automatically, but if you meet a supplier's broader eligibility criteria, you will need to apply directly to the provider.
How will I get the cash? The money isn't paid to you – it's a one-off discount on your electricity bill, given usually between October and March.
If you're on prepay, your supplier can tell you how to claim it – usually it's a voucher worth £140 for your meter.
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