Anyone getting the Winter Fuel Allowance has the option to receive the payment in two lump-sum payments instead of weekly.
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 2019 rate was €22.50 per week . It will increase to €24.50 from January 1st 2020
2019/2020 Winter Fuel Payment Dates :
The lump-sum option, if chosen, will result in a payment of €315 in the first week of October 2019.
The second lump sum will be €343 and should be paid in the second week of January 2020.
If you previously got the 2018/19 fuel allowance payments as two lump sums – this will continue until you request a change.
It is hoped that lump 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 2019-2020, 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
Some households could also save hundreds of Euros by switching energy provider.
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