Helping you stay warm and well
During winter the colder weather can really impact everyday life for many people, especially those who are already vulnerable because of age, illness, or disability.
Also, with rising energy costs, we know that some residents may be finding it hard to keep on top of their bills. We want you to know that support is available to help keep you warm and well this winter.
We have partnered with SHINE London to provide a one-stop referral service for residents who are struggling to pay their energy bills. They can assess residents for a range of services to improve health, finances, and energy efficiency.
0300 555 0195
Haringey Citizens Advice Bureau
Haringey Citizens Advice Bureau can offer advice on benefits, heating, grants and debt. They will conduct a gateway assessment on the phone and may offer a pre-booked appointment.
0808 278 7966 (Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm)
If you have a query that is not answered below, or just want more information about any of the services available please contact our Affordable Warmth Team.
020 8489 3489
Winter Fuel Payment
If you were born before 5 April 1954, you should receive a Winter Fuel Payment of between £100 and £300 depending on your circumstances. These payments are usually paid automatically with your State Pension or other benefits during November and December but if you don't receive them you can apply.
0345 915 1515
0345 606 0285
Warm Home Discount
You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
You qualify for this discount if on the ‘qualifying day’ in July your supplier was part of the scheme, your name was on the bill, and you were getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (even if you get Savings Credit as well).
If you meet the criteria outlined above, you should receive a letter between October and December 2021 telling you how to get the discount, and the discount will be applied to your bill by the end of March 2022.
If you do not receive your letter and you think that you qualify, please contact the helpline on 0845 603 9439.
Some suppliers also offer this discount to vulnerable households in receipt of benefits and/or on low incomes, but you will need to contact the supplier directly.
To see if your supplier is part of the scheme please visit GOV.UK's Warm Home Discount page (external link)
The deadline to claim is the end of February 2022. Claims made after this date will not be accepted.
If you would like support to find out whether you are eligible for this discount or more information about how to apply, please contact SHINE London.
Cold Weather Payment
Residents in receipt of certain benefits could get a £25 payment to cover extra heating costs if the temperature drops below freezing seven days in a row.
After each period of very cold weather in your area, you should get a payment within 14 working days into the same bank account as your benefit payments.
For more information, please visit the Cold Weather Payment page on the GOV.UK website (external link).
Haringey Support Fund
This is a scheme to support residents who are facing unexpected costs and require emergency help, including gas and electricity reconnection.
See our Haringey Support Fund page for more information.
If the insulation in your loft is not 300mm (12 inches) thick you could be losing a large amount of heat through the roof of your property. Some energy suppliers offer free insulation to eligible households.
If you think your loft does need insulating, please contact SHINE London.
The Greater London Authority’s energy company offers one of the cheapest pre-pay tariffs and doesn’t roll over residents to expensive variable tariffs.
London Power (external link)
Priority Services Register (PSR)
This is a free service provided by suppliers to customers who may need some extra support. Contact your supplier to find out more information and to register.
- Haringey, Here to Help
Help and support including benefits and financial help, employment, housing and mental health
- Haringey Support Fund
A scheme that can help with the costs of basic living needs such as food, and gas and electricity reconnection.
- Preparing for winter - Ageing Well guide
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