Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus B MacNeil has written to Scottish Fuels regarding their policy on delivery of heating oil.  Currently 500 litres is the minimum amount of heating oil Scottish Fuels will deliver to customers.

Mr MacNeil said:

“I am hearing from constituents in Uist that the minimum amount of heating oil they can order is 500 litres.  With the average price of heating oil currently in the region of 71 pence per litre, people are being asked to spend over £300; this is a huge expense especially for pensioners and those on low incomes.

“Among my concerns is that with the minimum delivery policy of 500 litres, pensioners will be put off from buying heating oil now when the price is likely to be cheaper and during the winter find themselves in a situation where they have to choose between heat or eat.

“I have written to Scottish Fuels to ask that they be more understanding in these difficult times and to look again at their minimum delivery policy.   With the winter approaching, Scottish Fuels should be more understanding to the financial pressures on households and particularly our pensioners.”