NO Gas meter point number BUT NO Alternative Fuel Payment
in LPG, heating oil, solid & other fuels
11 replies 248 views
Our village is on the gas grid but households not connected are still using oil fired radiator central heating as we are and we supplement this with a kiln dried log burning stove also feeding the radiator central heating.
EoN Next didn't credit the £200 AFP and refused to accept any enquiries until after the end of February 2023. The AFP payment claim website tells us if we haven't received the AFP payment in February to contact our electricity supplier EoN Next. So, having done so we are told "If you pay for electricity directly to a supplier, you should get this payment automatically from your electricity supplier in February 2023. We're checking whether this will be paid as a bill credit or as a payment into your bank account." This quote was made on 3 March but no payment or credit was made in February.
So, looking at the AFP claim form it tells us we are eligible to claim. BUT have to provide receipts dated September 2022 or later. We bought 7 cubic metres of kiln dried logs in March 2022 when prices were low and topped up our oil tank out of season also and store both fuels ready for September when our heating is needed. Still waiting to hear back from EoN Next. But this looks like we're going to be denied the AFP by EoN as they'll probably say we weren't on the list and denied the AFP by the Council because we don't buy fuel after the start of the heating season we buy in advance at lower prices and store both fuels. A case of 'Money Saving' not in our best interest when the Government decide the rules.
Latest MSE News and Guides
Martin and MSE campaign win
April's 20% energy price guarantee hike postponedMSE News
Childcare budget boost
More support for children from nine months and those on Universal CreditMSE News
Energy Price Guarantee calculator
How much you'll likely pay from AprilMSE Tools
1. be in a postcode off the mains gas grid, and
2. be in a census area where the predominant form of heating is not electric.
Presumably from the village being on the gas grid, you were excluded from the automatic payment from the off (see nr 1.).
The automatic payments seem largely to have gone as intended.
The issue of the manual application criteria is separate, and it does appear they've royally messed it up.
Basic domestic supply and demand still remain a major seasonal factor so summer pricing isn't a total myth. Prices are frequently at their highest in the winter months as the annual spikes predominantly show on this Office for National Statistics chart.
More relevant to this current topic discussion is that it certainly made sense to buy in the summer of 2022 when prices had fallen from almost £2 to 86p (second chart - but still double pre-crisis levels.)
Those, like me, with a tank that holds up to a year's worth of fuel are seemingly unable to claim if we purchased sensibly in readiness for the winter.
I'm done with flogging this dead horse but you buy in the middle of a cold spell in the winter if you like. It's your money to spend and/or waste.
2020 was global lockdowns and demand fell off a cliff and they were giving oil away.
2013 followed a peak of growth after the credit crunch but economies went into recession at the end of 2012 and started a long period of lower prices.
2016/17 - Sterling fell and hit a 2017 low in Jan 2017. That is the cause of that peak. Sterling rose again hitting a short term high in July 2017 before dropping back briefly before increasing again over 2017/18.
If you dropped exchange rates and Chinese demand over the top of those charts you will they have more of influence and mirror many of the peaks and troughs.