Council encourages community groups to set up Oil Buying Clubs

26th March 2021

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Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is encouraging community groups across the district to set up Oil Buying Clubs so that residents can avail of discounted oil prices accrued through bulk buying. These Clubs are managed by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and are open to residents living in owner occupier or rented properties.

As an incentive to community groups to establish Oil Buying Clubs in their area, the Council is offering a £50 gift to the first five new Oil Buying Clubs to be established in the district, before 31 May 2021.

Speaking about the benefits of Oil Buying Clubs, the Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Diana Armstrong said:

“Northern Ireland remains reliant on expensive home-heating with more than 65% of households relying on oil heating.

The cheapest way to buy oil is in bulk however many people, particularly in the current climate find it difficult to budget for these large one-off bulk deliveries. Oil Buying Clubs provide people with the opportunity to purchase smaller volumes of oil at a cheaper price because of the collective buying power that a club has. When club members order together, they can obtain a more competitive price.

I would encourage community groups to research the possibility of establishing a club in their area.”

There are currently 6 Oil Buying Clubs operating in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area, Belcoo, Carrosyl (Carrowshee Park, Sylvan Hill, Lisnaskea), Crannog Area Partnership (covering the Cavanaleck, Chanterhill, Cornagrade and Sligo Road areas of Enniskillen), Irvinestown, Lisnaskea (Maguiresbridge, Lisnarick, Killadeas) and Omagh (town only – Credit Union common bond area).

For further information on Oil Buying Clubs please contact the Health Improvement Team, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, on 0300 303 1777 or visit the website at https://www.nihe.gov.uk/Community/NI-Energy-Advice/Oil-Buying-Clubs

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