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Government provides more detail on £200 Alternative Fuel Payment

The government has provided more guidance regarding the £200 alternative fuel payment which will start to be processed from February 6th

Heating oil customers should be aware of the following:

  • Customers have been identified using an off the gas grid database and recent census information.
  • The majority of customers will receive their £200 automatically via their electricity supplier starting on February 6th, in a similar fashion to other recent government payments (direct debit, credit to account or voucher).
  • There will be some small exceptions – for example customers that don’t have an electricity account or those that use oil but live in a gas grid area. These customers will need to apply via an online portal which will be open in February alongside a post code checker.

We expect further information closer to February 6th and will continue to update customers

Households seeking more information on AFP or on wider Help For Households support schemes should visit

This extra clarity is important as it means customers can plan their budgets accordingly. We continue to strongly advise customers to purchase their heating oil as usual ahead of cold weather. The best and most economical approach is to talk to local distributors on a regular basis and not leave purchases to the last minute.