More than 5,000 park home residents are set to benefit from £700,000 worth of energy bill refunds.
That’s thanks to the Warm Home Discount (WHD) initiative, a government scheme administered by Ofgem E-Serve, which provides £140 annual rebate on energy bills to those in and at risk of fuel poverty in Britain.
Most people living in park homes did not qualify for WHD rebates because their energy suppliers’ contract was with the site owner, not the individual residents.
According to Ofgem, that has now changed following its successful pilot scheme in 2015/16 developed alongside energy suppliers and Charis Grants. It provided more than £233,000 in rebates to more than 1,600 residents.
It states that was an increase from the initial target as more energy suppliers joined the scheme, recognising it as an effective way to support vulnerable consumers.
People who benefit from the initiative are in receipt of Pension Credit Guarantee and have an annual household income of less than £16,190.
Chris Poulton, Managing Director of Ofgem E-Serve, said: “We’re pleased that more than 5,000 park home residents are able to benefit from £700,000 of extra support to help stay warm this winter. This is an important contribution to helping tackle fuel poverty for those vulnerable consumers in park homes.”