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 .
Previously , the Fuel Allowance had always been paid on a weekly basis – the current rate is €22.50 per week for 27 weeks.
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.
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 before 21st September 2018.
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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