Martin Lewis says £140 could be available to help with your heating bills

Martin Lewis says you can get up to £140 help from the government to pay for energy bills if you're eligible.

The moneysavingexpert.com founder gave his top winter wallet-boosting tips on tonight's live episode of the Martin Lewis Money Show on ITV.

Presenting the show, he said: "Are you due a Warm Home Discount?

"This is £140 credit that goes towards your energy bill.

"It's automatic if you receive a guaranteed element of pension credit but if you are on certain benefits (income support, jobseekers, and some people on universal credit) you will need to apply to your energy firm to get it."

Unfortunately, Martin says that not every energy firm uses the scheme but many of the bigger suppliers do.

He said: "If your someone who qualifies for Warm Home, there are so many big firms that do it with relatively cheap prices.

"I'd go to a firm, the cheapest firm that offers Warm Home discount, most comparison sites will show you that."

He warned that sometimes you have to apply for a deadline and there can be caps on the number of customers given the discount, so he advised viewers to get cracking.

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  • Martin then outlined the help available for people really struggling financially who have to choose between paying off energy bills and eating.

    In England and Wales, it's Simple Energy Advice, and there's also Home Energy Scotland and NI energy advice.

    This comes after the finance wizard revealed that there are 4 million British people entitled to £500 coronavirus payments from the government.

    It's available to people on certain benefits who have lost income as a result of self-isolating.

    And Martin also warned that people with inactive Paypal accounts could lose money if they don't log in soon – with the company starting to charge customers who leave their accounts unused.

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