Claiming Winter Fuel Allowance

The Winter Fuel Allowance payment was increased to €22.50 from January 2016 – as announced in Budget 2016.

The winter fuel allowance scheme operates for 26 weeks. This year it will run from the 2nd October 2017 to  Friday 31 March 2018 .  That is a total of €585.
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 have the option of getting the Fuel Allowance  in 2 lump sums instead of weekly.  The lump sums will be €292.50 each and the first 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  €213 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 .

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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You may qualify for the winter fuel allowance if you are in receipt of any of these :

* 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.

Application Form Here

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.

Get Free Insulation with the Warmth and Wellbeing Scheme

Grants towards the cost of a New Boiler

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