In the Government’s Autumn Statement, the chancellor announced that

“The government will double to £200 the level of support for households that use alternative fuels, such as heating oil, liquified petroleum gas, coal or biomass, to heat their homes.”

“This support will be delivered as soon as possible this winter. The government will provide this payment to all Northern Ireland households in recognition of the prevalence of alternative fuel usage in Northern Ireland.”

It appears likely that this support will be delivered to customers via their electricity accounts rather than via oil suppliers. This is due to the competitive nature of the oil industry in the UK, as many customers hold multiple active accounts with oil suppliers, making it difficult to administer the payments without duplication.

Due to the limited information currently available around when these payments will arrive, we at ValueOils recommend placing your heating oil order as normal (well in advance of running out).

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