Has anyone yet come across how the energy companies plan to issue the Warm Home Discount to eligible residents living in park home sites or HMO's that don't have individual meters/accounts as the electricity is supplied to the management of the park home site or HMO and re-sold to the residents?
In West Sussex we have lots of park home sites and HMO's set up in this way, and I have already had queries from residents. They have the same right to apply for / receive the discount as anyone else deemed eligible. I've had no response as yet from Ofgem or any of the energy companies that I've contacted and already have queries coming in from residents.
Any help or advice would be much appreciated.
West Sussex Fuel Poverty Co-ordinator
I've had the following response to you enquiry emailed through to me from Valentine Mulholland of EDF Energy:
Hope that helps.Rob
My colleague has passed your email to me as I lead EDF Energy’s work with Ofgem and DECC on the Warm Home discount. I am afraid that Warm Home discount rebates can only be paid to households who have an electricity account with one of the participating suppliers. This is reflected in the Regulations so I am surprised that Ofgem were not able to clarify that point.
Energy Policy Manager
Derby City Council
Many thanks to Steve and William for this.Rob,
I picked this notification up and passed it to our Fuel Poverty team. The following is the response to Michelle:
Your query regarding Warm Home Discount and Park Homes posted on the Carbon Action Network was passed to me by Steve Ives.
The consultation for WHD did consider the issue of whether to extend eligibility to customers who do not pay their electricity bill directly, e.g. who pay it through their rent on a caravan park or park home.
However, due to the administrative complexity of identifying and verifying these individual circumstances, ensuring the benefit of the rebate was made available to the customer and identifying a means of making a payment, it was decided not to include these individuals in the scheme. I appreciate this is disappointing for some people and we have spoken to quite a few people living in Park Homes about it.
Do get back to me if you have any questions.
Let me know if you'd like me to send you William's contact details.
I have received the following three emailed responses on this, which I shall post anonymously but send the full emails to you directly:
"We have the same problem. We have two elderly families living on one of our traveller sites who are eligible to the Warm Homes Discount but cannot claim it because the bill payer "provides" the electricity to the traveller site. This has been going on for the last two years and we have had two very cold winters. Hopefully the threat of an equalities case against Ofgem/DECC may put the pressure on. It is blatant discrimination and that is what I would be suing for if I were a MP.
I should also add that the traveller site gets their electricity at commercial rates which I believe is lower than the domestic rate. However, they use more electricity because their caravans are totally energy inefficient."
I raised it with a utility company. They pointed to the consultation response which said that identifying and getting it to people without a meter would be ‘too administratively complex.’ Because the utility didn’t have to do it therefore, they would not.
and finally the attachments, below, were emailed through to me with the message:
"these attachments may not answer the query fully but would certainly be of interest to the author of the Q."
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