Fuel Allowance can be paid as two Lump Sums

Anyone getting the Winter Fuel Allowance  now has the option to receive the payment in two lump sum payments . This change was announced in the Autumn of 2017 and will continue into 2018 / 2019 .

2018 Payments : The lum sum option , if chosen , will result in a payment of €292.50 in the first week of  October 2018 and another €315 in the first week of January 2019.

Previously , the Fuel Allowance has always been paid on a weekly basis  – the current rate is €22.50 per week  for 26 weeks.

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 got your total allowance for the 2017-2018 fuel season paid in 2 lump sums, your Fuel Allowance for 2018-2019 will automatically be paid in 2 lump sums.

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 before 21st September 2018.

This form is also 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.

More about Winter Fuel Allowance and who is eligible here.

Some households could also  save hundreds of Euro by switching energy provider. Find out which provider has the best deals here

30 thoughts on “Fuel Allowance can be paid as two Lump Sums

    • The Dept of Social Protection will probably ask all recipients how they want it paid before payments start in October

      • Update: To get your Fuel Allowance in 2 lump sums you must fill in a form FA CPF 1 . This form is also available from your local post office, Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office.
        Or you can also get theform by texting the words FORM FUELCHANGE followed by your name and address to 51909. To get the first lump sum in October 2017, you must submit your completed form before 15 September 2017.

    • The final arrangements have not been published yet – but we are are the Dept of Social Protection will write to people to ask them to confirm how they want paying.

      • Update: To get your Fuel Allowance in 2 lump sums you must fill in a form FA CPF 1 . This form is also available from your local post office, Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office.
        Or you can also get theform by texting the words FORM FUELCHANGE followed by your name and address to 51909. To get the first lump sum in October 2017, you must submit your completed form before 15 September 2017.

  1. It says on their website that you can download the form or get one from your local SW office to change your payment options, the form has to be completed and sent back before the 15th September.

    • Yes James – unless you request lump sum payments you will continue to get weekly payments.

  2. Thanks for this helpful news.
    Update: To obtain the form by text, text FUELCHANGE followed by your name and address to 51909. Using the suggested wording “FORM FUELCHANGE” will fetch a rejection message, with a list of available words for requesting various forms. Perhaps all instances of the incorrect words in this article could be altered, and this message will then be redundant!

  3. if I applied for fuel allowance for the first times do I get word back to say I was granted fuel allowance

  4. Just wondering how the payment is paid does it go to post of or bank also do you get a letter to say it’s been accepted

  5. Can you please tell me if either myself or my husband qualify for fuel allowance my husband is on contributory old age pension and he claims adult dependant for me I get half careres allowance for looking after him

  6. do I have to ill out a form for the January lump sum already filled one out for the October lump sum and got it will the the form I filled out in October do for the one in january

      • Any date for Jan payment and can you please post it when yiu find out, thank you

      • Welfare have confirmed to us that The Jan lump sum will be paid in the first week of Jan 2018.

      • Today – Welfare have confirmed to us that The Jan lump sum will be paid in the first week of Jan 2018.

  7. Hi I got the two lump sum last year do I need to fill in another form to get it this way again?

  8. I work casual during the summer and will finish in the middle of October. The social have told me that im not entitled to fuel. They say I must be unemployed 319 days before I get it. Last year I was sick and I didnt get it because my sickness was temporarily. I dont earn anything in the winter so the house is going to be freezing. What do I do?.

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