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Council’s Fuel Stamp Scheme gives a helping hand to household budgets

03 January 2019

After the 2018 Christmas season, are you struggling with budgeting for your home heating costs? Mid Ulster District Council’s Fuel Stamp Scheme can help you save for your fuel, by spreading the cost throughout the year, and this January is an ideal time to start stamping your card.

The collection cards and £5 fuel stamps are available from approximately 80 retailers across the Mid Ulster area. Almost 60 oil and coal suppliers are also participating in the scheme which encourages local people to budget for the cost of their fuel, instead of trying to find money to pay fuel costs at one point in time, which can put immense strain on limited household budgets.

Fuel poverty continues to be a major issue in Northern Ireland and can have serious implications on health and wellbeing particularly in vulnerable groups. This scheme is one of a number of approaches operated by the Council to help tackle the problem.

All you have to do to avail of the Fuel Stamp Scheme is collect your fuel stamp savings card and purchase as many of the £5 stamps as you can afford from one of the participating retailers. 

Then, simply order fuel from any of the participating fuel suppliers and use the amount collected on your fuel card to pay for fuel either fully or partly.

Encouraging residents to take part in the Fuel Stamp Scheme, Chair of Mid Ulster Council, Councillor Sean McPeake said,

“With many people struggling to keep up with rising costs of many key budget items, like food, power and heat, the Fuel Stamp Scheme is an easy way for households to help spread the financial burden of home heating bills.

Utilising the fuel stamp scheme and saving for home heating oil a little bit at a time can help residents to save money that is specifically for heating oil relieving financial stress when it comes to paying what can be huge bills, and help to keep themselves and their homes warm during the coldest months of the year.”

The Council is also encouraging more retailers and fuel suppliers to sign up to the scheme. This will help ensure that the stamps are widely accessible right across the district.

For more information on the scheme, including the lists of participating retailers and suppliers, go to: www.midulstercouncil.org/fuelstamps. You can also see a video that explains how the scheme works on the Council’s social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) or on YouTube. For advice, or of you don’t have access to the internet, contact: environmentalhealth@midulstercouncil.org

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