Around 20% of Staffordshire households spend more than 10% of their income on heating. This can put a great financial strain on families struggling to make ends meet.
Last autumn the county council invested £15k to kick-start a community bulk oil buying scheme to support people experiencing fuel poverty. Members of the scheme save money on the cost of domestic heating oil which is bought in bulk on their behalf. Every month members’ oil orders are combined and used to negotiate the cheapest price available from oil distribution companies.
Community Council of Staffordshire
The scheme is run by the Community Council of Staffordshire, an independent charity that has been in existence for 60 years and works closely with the county council. It aims to protect and improve the quality of life for everyone living and working in Staffordshire, especially in rural areas.
Membership of the bulk oil scheme is open to residents, businesses and organisations and costs: domestic £20, community building £30, business £100.
In a recent customer satisfaction survey 97% of those who replied said they would renew their annual membership.
One member said
I think it is an excellent idea, keep up the good work, many thanks for the service.
and another said
as a pensioner this has been a big saving on the year’s expenses.
With over 280 members the scheme has seen some fantastic savings. Since the first order was placed last October, members have saved on average 4.6p per litre compared to the market average. This represents a saving of £46 on a typical 1,000 litre order.
Another satisfied member said “This is the best news I’ve had this year. This has been a great saving to us”.
Saving Money and kinder to the Environment
As well as saving money the scheme has other advantages too:
• members don’t have to ring around oil companies to find the cheapest price;
• members aren’t penalised for smaller orders e.g. 500 litres;
• there are fewer oil tankers on the road which helps to reduce both congestion and pollution.
For more information about the scheme:
• call Sara Green on 01785 242 52 ext. 203 or
• email email@example.com or
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