The winter fuel allowance scheme operates for 27 weeks. This year it runs from the 2nd October 2017 to Friday 6th April 2018 . (Note: Updated with the week added in Budget 2018)
The Winter Fuel Allowance payment is €22.50 a week . (It was increased to that in January 2016 – as part of Budget 2016.)
That is a total payment of €607.50 over the 26 weeks.
If you apply for the Fuel Allowance after 2nd October 2017 – it will not be backdated.
NEW: it has been announced that from October 2017 claimants will now have the option of getting the Fuel Allowance in 2 lump sums instead of weekly. The first lump sum will be €292.50 and the second will be €315 . The first lump sum will be paid at the start of October and the second in January. More details of how to apply for 2 lump sums here.
The Fuel Allowance is a payment under the National Fuel Scheme to help with the cost of heating homes. It is paid to people who are dependant on long-term social welfare or Health Service Executive (HSE) payments and who are unable to provide for their own heating needs.
About 410,000 people get this payment – so the total Winter Fuel allowance paid out nationally is around €230 Million a year.
This payment is on top of any payment from the “Household Benefit Package” – under which about 400,00 people get €35 a month towards electricty OR €35 a month towards gas all year round. That works out at €420 a year . (Total of €177 million a year)
Someone getting both the Winter fuel allowance and the household benefit package could be getting €130 a month towards fuel costs during Oct to April.
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* Invalidity Pension * Pre-Retirement Pension * Disability Allowance
* Incapacity Supplement Widow’s or Widower’s (Contributory) Pension
# Widow’s (Non-Contributory) Pension
# Deserted Wife’s Benefit or Allowance
# State Pension (Contributory or Non-Contributory)
# State Pension (Transition)
# Blind Pension
# Prisoners Wife’s Allowance
# One-Parent Family Payment
You will not qualify for a Fuel Allowance if:
You live with someone who is not getting one of the qualifying payments for the Winter Fuel Allowance. Or
You are on a contributory payment and have weekly income above the means test limits (see below)
The assessable income limit in 2014/2015 for a single person under 80 is €330.30
The assessable income limit for a couple (where the qualified adult is under 66) is €483.80
The assessable income limit for a couple (where the qualified adult is 66 or over) is €536.60
Only one payment is paid to a household if there is more than one person that qualifies.
For more details you can contact : National Fuel Scheme , Social Welfare Services ,College Road , Sligo. Tel:(071) 915 7100 . See Here too
If you are on low income – you may also be eligible for financial help to get your home insulated or to upgrade your boiler. See these articles for more details.
Other Ways to Cut Fuel Bills:
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