The Cold Weather Priority (CWP) enables heating oil suppliers to identify and prioritise elderly customers, aged 75+, to ensure they have the fuel they need to stay warm all winter.
Why Is The Cold Weather Priority Needed?
According to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), there are around 40,000 ‘excess winter deaths’, meaning avoidable deaths where cold is a significant contributing factor, in the UK each year. We also know from NICE that over 80% of these avoidable deaths occur in people aged 75 and over.
The CWP scheme helps to identify customers who are 75+ so Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) member heating oil suppliers across the UK and the Republic of Ireland then know exactly who may be at risk and can take pro-active steps to prioritise fuel deliveries to these customers, particularly during times of fuel shortages or extreme cold weather.
This potentially life-saving initiative costs heating oil customers absolutely nothing and you only need to ask your local FPS member heating oil supplier to be included in CWP.