The Warm Home Discount is £140 for the entire winter, not a week

5 January 2022
What was claimed

The government supports 2.2 million households with a £140-a-week discount on energy bills.

Our verdict

This is not true. The Warm Home Discount is actually £140 for the entire winter.

[There are] 2.2 million people supported with the Warm Homes Discount, Mr Speaker, worth £140 per week.

[Angela Rayner] obviously wasn't listening to the previous answer, let me remind her, the Warm Homes Discount, [there are] already 2.2 million people supported to the tune of £140 a week.

During Prime Minister’s Questions on 5 January, Boris Johnson twice claimed that the Warm Home Discount supports households with a £140-per-week reduction on their energy bill. 

This is not true. The Warm Home Discount Scheme offers some low-income households a one-off discount of £140 directly on their energy bill between October and March. 

This means the discount is worth £140 over an entire winter—not every week. 

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