October 2018: Touchbase edition 130

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October 2018: Touchbase edition 130

Post by Non Deficere on Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:36 am

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/touchbase-dwp-news-about-work-working-age-benefits-and-services/october-2018-touchbase-edition-130

Post Office card accounts
DWP usually pays benefits straight into a bank, building society or credit union account.

If someone can’t open or manage one of these accounts, DWP may pay their benefits into a Post Office card account.

DWP is working with a small number of people who use Post Office card accounts to find out:

how people who use these accounts can be supported
if any people using these accounts can move to a bank, building society or credit union account
Email wendy.ryan@dwp.gsi.gov.uk for more information on Post Office card accounts.

Help to Save scheme opens
Help to Save, a savings account which allows certain people entitled to Working Tax Credit or receiving Universal Credit to get a bonus of 50p for every £1 they save over 4 years, is now available to everyone who meets the eligibility criteria.

The government-backed account is easy to use, flexible and secure – how much is saved and when is up to the account holder.

People who want to open an account can apply online or through the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) app.

Warm Home Discount Scheme goes live for winter 2018 to 2019
The Warm Home Discount Scheme provides certain households at risk of fuel poverty with a one-off £140 discount on their electricity or gas bill.

People who get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit will receive a letter by mid-December 2018 which will tell them whether the discount will be applied automatically by their energy supplier, or if they need to contact the Warm Home Discount Team by 28 February 2019 to confirm their eligibility.

A limited number of discounts are available to other low income households. People who think they may be eligible should contact their energy supplier for further information and to make a claim.

The Warm Home Discount Scheme is available in England, Scotland and Wales.
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