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.
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