Cherilyn Mackrory urges heating oil users aged 75+ across Truro and Falmouth to Sign up to Cold Weather Priority Scheme

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Truro and Falmouth Cherilyn Mackrory is urging everyone aged 75+, across the constituency who use heating oil to heat their homes, to sign up to the Cold Weather Priority scheme, an initiative designed to help prevent excess winter deaths.

The Cold Weather Priority initiative is industry-led and was created in full consultation with, and fully supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It has been designed to enable UKIFDA member heating oil suppliers to identify those most vulnerable so they can ensure deliveries are prioritised for them when there are supply shortages or the weather is extremely cold.  

Since it began in 2017 over 22,000 elderly consumers of heating oil have signed up to the scheme and it proved vital when the Beast from the East hit in February/March 2018.

Commenting, Cherilyn said:

“In a constituency with lots of rural areas like Truro and Falmouth there are lots of people who rely on heating oil to keep their homes warm.”

“The UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association have accordingly been running this helpful scheme to assist some of their most vulnerable customers in ensuring their deliveries are prioritised and they keep warm over the winter months.”

"Now is the perfect time to sign up as it will ensure you are part of the scheme before the weather gets colder.”

It costs nothing to be part of the Cold Weather Priority initiative and you only need to ask your local UKIFDA member who supplies your heating oil and they will help.

Similarly, if you have elderly neighbours or friends who also use heating oil to heat their homes, encourage them to sign up and stay warm all winter.

To find out more about the Cold Weather Priority, visit