Elderly farmers offered priority for oil heating

Older farmers in households with oil heating are being asked to join a subsidy scheme this winter.

The UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA) is encouraging more oil-fired agricultural households aged 75 and over to join their Cold Weather Priority program.

The program was originally launched in 2017 and is industry led.

“This scheme is effective and works because it allows our UKIFDA member suppliers to identify the most vulnerable so they can prioritize fuel oil supplies to them when needed,” explains Ken Cronin, UKIFDA Managing Director.

“The Cold Weather Priority Program enables older consumers who heat their homes with heating oil to sign up for prioritized deliveries in the event of delivery bottlenecks or extreme weather conditions for the fifth year.

“We want more agricultural heating oil consumers aged 75 and over to sign up for the program to ensure they stay warm all winter.”

The scheme has proven to be crucial in recent years, including when the beast from the east struck in February 2018 and during the Covid pandemic in winter 2020.

Adds Ken Cronin, “We were delighted with how well the initiative worked when Covid arrived – it really helped during the pandemic last winter as many UKIFDA members extended the program to ensure the greatest possible number of consumers received the The greatest possible help was received and was able to stay warm during this extremely difficult time.

“There’s still unknown supply chain pressure from Covid this winter, which makes it just as important for consumers to join the program now if they haven’t already.”

To find out more, visit ukifda.org/cold-weather-priority-initiative/

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