Statement: Government provides more detail on £200 Alternative Fuel Payment

24th January 2023

The government provides more detail on the £200 Alternative Fuel Payment

The government yesterday provided more guidance regarding the £200 Alternative Fuel Payment (AFP), 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 6, 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 who 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 postcode checker.

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

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

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