Community Buying as CAS

Want to save money on the cost of your heating oil?

Community Buying at CAS is a social enterprise that will reduce the cost of your heating oil each time you place an order. All you need to do to take advantage of the scheme is to pay an annual membership fee, which will cover as many oil orders as you need during the course of the year.

As a subsidiary of Community Action Suffolk (CAS) (which provides guidance and services to the voluntary and community sector throughout Suffolk), in the event of any surplus being made by the scheme, this will go back into the charitable work that Community Action Suffolk does with the communities and voluntary sector groups across the county.

What’s the snag?

There isn’t one. The scheme is promoted by Community Action Suffolk, which formed originally from the merger of 10 local charities, each with a long established and well respected track record in Suffolk (

By bringing communities throughout Suffolk together and making the most of joint buying power, we can make savings and pass them directly to people like you whose fuel costs are high simply because you use oil-fired central heating. It also saves you the time and hassle of telephoning round various suppliers to get quotes.

The environment benefits:

Every time a tanker comes out to make a delivery, it is using a lot of diesel – a full tanker can get as little as a horrifying 8 miles per gallon. If deliveries are organised so that one tanker delivers to several customers in a village instead of making lots of individual deliveries, the fuel consumption is reduced and so is the traffic in the village.

How the scheme works – 7 easy steps to cheaper heating oil

  1. Contact your local coordinator or Community Buying at CAS and let them know how much oil you want to order. Please allow up to a maximum of two weeks for delivery of oil from the bulk oil order deadline date. (In most cases delivery will be sooner, usually within 7 working days).
  2. Twice a month (once a month in December, due to Christmas) your coordinator lets us know the total oil needed from your area.
  3. At the end of each period, the bulk oil purchase is negotiated by our oil buyer.
  4. We then tell your coordinator, or you when to expect delivery and how much it will cost, and he or she passes the information on to you.
  5. On your first Order with the scheme, you will be asked to call AF Affinity (our oil buyers) to arrange for payment of your oil order to be made by card over the phone.
  6. Future orders that you place can be paid for after delivery via Direct Debit, on completion of a Direct Debit Form.
  7. And that’s it! Your oil will be delivered and you will be sent an invoice for the exact amount of oil you have had delivered. If it is your first order with the scheme, you will be asked to contact AF Affinity to arrange for payment to be made by card over the phone. If this is not your first order, payment will be drawn by Direct Debit from your bank account on or shortly after the 24th of the month following the invoice date. A statement will also be sent to the email address provided. You will only be contacted by the supplier if you have requested to be contacted prior to delivery.

Don’t delay join now

Latest Oil Prices

Bulk oil order prices for members who ordered in February:

The 17th February Deadline for the Bulk Oil Order Negotiations achieved the following price:

Highest price quoted by a supplier: 55.98 pence per litre

Average price quoted by suppliers: 52.29 pence per litre

Member price (kerosene): 48.88 pence per litre

(VAT of 5% must be added to all prices shown)

Please click on the chart to enlarge it.


If you need a delivery of oil before the next bulk deadline, please email and we can place an individual order for you. 

Oil Security

Click here to find advice from Suffolk Constabulary on how to secure your heating oil.


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Bulk oil ordering dates

Next oil order deadlines are
12 noon on:


31st May 2019 for posted and email orders and Monday 3rd June 2019 for Website Orders


14th June 2019 for posted and email orders and Sunday 16th June 2019 for Website Orders


19th July 2019 for posted and email orders and Sunday 21st July 2019 for Website Orders


Please note these are firm deadlines


For 2019 Bulk Oil Buying Dates click here


If you need a delivery of oil before the next bulk deadline, please email and we can place an individual order for you.