Anyone getting the Winter Fuel Allowance has the option to receive the payment in two lump sum payments . This change was announced in the Autumn of 2017 and will continue until further notice.
Previously , the Fuel Allowance had always been paid on a weekly basis – the current rate is €22.50 per week for 28 weeks. (extended from 27 weeks in Budget 2019).
2018/2019 Winter Fuel Payment Dates :
The lum sum option , if chosen , will result in a payment of €315 in the first week of October 2018. The second lump sum will also be €315 and should be paid in the second week of January 2019.
If you got the 2017/18 fuel allowance payments as two lump sums – this will continue until you request a change.
It is hoped that lum sums will be more useful to allow people to get cheaper fuel by buying in bulk where possible. Oil , coal and peat are usually cheaper when bought in larger amounts.
If you want to switch to lump sums or a weekly payment for 2018-2019, you must fill in form CPF 1 and send it to the section that pays your primary payment .
Anyone that submits the form after the cut off time cannot be guaranteed that they will receive the lump sum for that period, but their weekly payment of the allowance will continue until the next lump sum issue date.
This CPF 1 form should also be available from your local post office, Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office. You can also text “FORM FUELCHANGE” followed by your name and address to 51909.
More information and application forms are available from local Intreo Centres, Social Protection Offices or online at: http://www.welfare.ie/fuel
This option is not available to people getting payments under the Rural Social Scheme, Tús, Gateway, Community Employment and Supplementary Welfare Allowance
Total expenditure on the Fuel Allowance for 2016/2017 was estimated to be €229 million, benefiting about. 376,000 households.
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