Heating oil discretionary payment

Mention made of help for householders not on the Grid
Like many others, I am on the Grid but have an oil system for heating and hot water as no gas in my village. Will householders like me who automatically get the £400 electricity payment also receive the discretionary oil payment?
I'm a pensioner in Housing Assocation home. Minimum permitted heating oil purchase is 500 litres which has to be paid up front to Boiler Juice, cheapest supplier in my area.  That means I either have to find (today's price) £471 or have no heating/hot water throughout the winter.
Current cheapest oil price (in this location) is 87p p/l.  Rumoured price cap of 100p p/l will only result in opportunist price increase!

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  • 400ixl
    400ixl Posts: 2,587
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    edited 16 September 2022 at 7:15AM
    No one knows yet as it has yet to be announced what any help may be.

    Boilerjuice is just a broker and actually is rarely cheaper than you can get by going to one of the local suppliers directly (may be a different supplier each time though). It is this hassle that makes Boilerjuice convenient for many.

    The other advantage with Boilerjuice is you can set up a plan with then to pay them monthly and then drawdown the bulk oil when required (paying any gap if required) which would perhaps help in the future (unfortunately not today) if you started paying this way.
  • GrumpyDil
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    If you want to go through a broker also worth checking out tank topper who at the moment are consistently cheaper for me. 

    Currently Boilerjuice are quoting me 462.06 and tanktopper 418.41 for 500 litres. I'm about to order with tanktopper unless my local supplier (Watson) can match/beat the price. 
  • Apodemus
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    edited 16 September 2022 at 7:46AM
    Are you sure on that 87p p/l? 

    Checked this morning and the cheapest I can get is 96.16p (+VAT) on a 500L delivery, £504.84 total.  That comes down to 93.96p +VAT (£986.58 Total) if I order 1000L.   If I was offered 87ppl, I'd jump at the chance!
  • GrumpyDil said:
    If you want to go through a broker also worth checking out tank topper who at the moment are consistently cheaper for me. 

    Currently Boilerjuice are quoting me 462.06 and tanktopper 418.41 for 500 litres. I'm about to order with tanktopper unless my local supplier (Watson) can match/beat the price. 
    Thanks for that. I hadn't heard of TankTopper before, but I've just ordered 500 litres for a total cost of £418.41 (which includes a £2.50 service charge).
  • Apodemus said:
    Are you sure on that 87p p/l? 

    Checked this morning and the cheapest I can get is 96.16p (+VAT) on a 500L delivery, £504.84 total.  That comes down to 93.96p +VAT (£986.58 Total) if I order 1000L.   If I was offered 87ppl, I'd jump at the chance!
    Perhaps the ppl is location dependent... I'm in Wiltshire, if it helps.
  • 400ixl
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    Tanktopper is quoting me a price of 79.22ppl + vat for 500 litres (418.41 inc vat total) at the moment for Norfolk.
  • Apodemus
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    Apodemus said:
    Are you sure on that 87p p/l? 

    Checked this morning and the cheapest I can get is 96.16p (+VAT) on a 500L delivery, £504.84 total.  That comes down to 93.96p +VAT (£986.58 Total) if I order 1000L.   If I was offered 87ppl, I'd jump at the chance!
    Perhaps the ppl is location dependent... I'm in Wiltshire, if it helps.
    Definitely location dependent!  I'm in the Highlands but I didn't expect the difference to be so much!

    We are used to everything costing a bit more, but that's a 20% difference in the delivered cost of 500L of oil!  I guess, though, it  is a smaller percentage than the variation in electricity standing charges around the country (which has never really made any sense to me!). 


  • Rdwill
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    edited 16 September 2022 at 10:49AM
    I just had a quick look at tank topper too.

    Boilerjuice best quote 76ppl, Tank Topper 79.22ppl. There must be some service charges etc, as the Boilerjuice price comes in £10 cheaper for 500litres than TT. 

    Somerset, by the way.
  • For me, tanktopper only offers the biggest size of tanker and I need the medium-sized one due to narrow roads which is usually a few pence more per litre.

    Sadly I haven't used enough oil over summer to be able to get a 500l minimum top-up now :(
  • GrumpyDil
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    I was on a different situation insofar as we have a 1500 litre tank which was filled around a year ago and we're getting a little low now.

    Given no one will be around during the day 500 should see us through winter although if prices drop I may top up to full. 
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