News: Latest on Government support for domestic home heating oil users.

21st December 2022

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Here’s the latest on the Government’s scheme to support home heating oil users (Alternative Fuel Payment (AFP) scheme).


Approximately 2 million households in the UK use alternative fuels for heating, of which around 1.7 million use heating oil as a source of energy.
Other alternative fuels include coal, liquified petroleum gas (LPG) and biomass.
The UK government announced in the Autumn Statement that it will double support to £200 for households using alternative fuels to heat their homes, in recognition of the pressures caused by these rising fuel costs. In a further step, it also committed to paying the Alternative Fuel Payment to all households in Northern Ireland to get payments as quickly as possible to those who rely on these sources to heat their homes – this is most households in Northern Ireland (68%).
The vast majority of households eligible for the Alternative Fuel Payment scheme in Great Britain will receive payment automatically via their electricity supplier with no need to take any action.
For the small number of customers who are unable to receive the funding automatically, for instance households in Great Britain without a direct relationship with an electricity supplier, the government will ensure there is a route for those households to apply for and receive the £200 support.