Alternative Fuel Payment Scheme

From Elizabeth Threlfall (

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.

Households using alternative fuels to heat their homes will each receive a payment of £200 in recognition of the pressures caused by these rising fuel costs.

The vast majority of households eligible for the Alternative Fuel Payment scheme will receive payment automatically via their electricity supplier with no need to take any action. Payments will be made in February.

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.

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