Martin wasted no time recently as he broke down how the scheme works: “This is £140 credit that goes towards your energy bill. It’s automatic if you receive the guaranteed element of pension credit.
“But if you’re on certain benefits like income support, jobseekers and some people on Universal Credit, you will need to apply to your energy firm to get it.”
This, Martin warned, could be tricky as: “Some firms have caps on how many people they give it to and cut off dates, so do this quickly.”
According to the government, the £140 will cover electricity bills for the winter months but it is not paid directly to applicants, it is applied on a one-off basis to an electricity bill between September and March.