Household Benefits Package.
The household benefits package is paid to almost 400,000 pensioners, people with disabilities, and carer households in Ireland. It is worth €580 a year to each claimant and costs the state about €200 million a year.
You can qualify for the Household Benefits Package if you are aged 70 or over. You do not need to be getting a State pension and the package is not means-tested.
You also qualify if you are getting Carer’s Allowance, whether on a full or half-rate payment, but you must be providing full-time care and living with the person you are caring for.
Other people under 70 can also qualify for the Household Benefits package if they satisfy the conditions – see the full rules here.
As part of the Household Benefits package – eligible people are paid an Electricity Allowance of €35 a month. (€420 a year) Only Electric Ireland customers get the free allowance taken off their bill. Customers of other electricity suppliers will get paid a monthly cash payment of €35 into their bank account or Post Office on the 1st Tuesday of each month .This bias towards Electric Ireland has been challenged by the other suppliers – and might not continue in the future.
Claimants of the Household Benefits package can choose to have a Gas Allowance instead of Electricity. This is also worth €35 a month. (€420 a year) . It can be paid into your bank account or can be collected at a Post Office.
Free TV Licence :
Once you qualify for the Household Benefits Package, you also become eligible for a Free Television Licence from the next renewal date of your television licence. You must select the Television Licence option on the form when you apply for the Household Benefits package. The normal cost of a TV licence is €160 a year.
Many people also qualify for extra help with fuel costs in the form of the Winter Fuel Allowance
If you want an easy way to cut your fuel bills – see our page about switching energy supplier. You could save a couple of hundred euro in 12 months.