The Fuel Allowance is a payment to help with the cost of heating homes. It is paid to people who are dependent on long-term social welfare or HSE payments.
Extra Fuel Allowance in 2022
Due to increasing energy costs – the government has already paid an extra €125 to all fuel allowance recipients in March 2022.
In April – the government announced they would pay another three weeks’ fuel allowance , worth €100, in one lump sum.
When is the extra fuel allowance being paid in 2022 ?
This second payment of the extra fuel allowance of €100 is due to be paid out in mid May 2022. (Between the 16th and the 20th May)
More Help With Electricity Bills :
Because of increased energy prices – the Government is planning to give every household in Ireland €200 credit on Electricity accounts between April and June 2022.
This one-off payment is nothing to do with the Fuel Allowance – it is not means-tested and will be paid to every household with an electric meter.
More details here on the €200 Government Energy Payment 2022
How Much is the Fuel Allowance?
The Fuel Allowance payment is now €33 per week. It was increased in Budget 2022 from €28 a week with effect from October 13th 2021. (It was €28 a week for the first 2 weeks of October).
The Winter Fuel Allowance usually costs the State around €240 Million a year . It is paid to approximately 365,000 households.
Start and End Dates Of the Fuel Allowance 2022
The Fuel Allowance scheme operates for 28 weeks .
- The Fuel Allowance start date was Monday 27th September 2021
- The Fuel allowance end date was Friday 8th April 2022.
Over the full 28 weeks – this will amount to a payment total of €914 this year. (2021/2022) This takes account of the new increased rate.
If you applied for the Fuel Allowance after 27th September 2021 – it will not be backdated.
Fuel Allowance Payment Dates 2021 – 2022
The weekly Fuel Allowance Payments began in the last week of September 2021 and they are paid on the same day as your usual weekly pension or benefit. (Unless you have opted for lump-sum payments.)
The final weekly fuel allowance payment will be in the second week of April 2022.
Fuel allowance claimants also have the option of receiving the Fuel Allowance in 2 lump sums instead of weekly payments.
The first lump sum of €392 was paid in the last week of September 2021.
The €60 owing because of the Budget 2022 increase was paid in the week commencing Nov 1st.
The second lump sum of €462 (14 weeks at €33 per week) was paid in the 1st week of January 2022
When is the extra fuel allowance being paid ?
An extra fuel allowance of €125 was paid in mid March 2022.
A further €100 is to be paid sometime in May 2022.
This will bring the total fuel allowance paid for 2021/22 to €1079
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The winter fuel allowance is paid on top of any payment from the “Household Benefit Package” .
Under the Household Benefit scheme, about 400,00 people receive €35 a month towards electricity OR gas all year round. That works out at €420 a year per claimant. (A total of €168 million paid out a year)
Typical average household Electricity bills are currently €1274 a year – based on Electric Ireland’s standard rates.
If a person qualifies for both the Fuel Allowance and the Living Alone allowance then they should also get the Telephone Support Allowance of €2.50 a week.
Who Qualifies for the Fuel Allowance?
You do not need to reapply for the Fuel Allowance each year as long as, your circumstances remain the same and you continue to get the same social welfare payment(s).
If more than one person in a household qualifies for fuel allowance then only one payment can be made.
If you are on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment – this on it’s own will NOT make you eligible for the Fuel Allowance .
- Invalidity Pension , Pre-Retirement Pension, Disability Allowance.
- Incapacity Supplement ,Widow’s or Widower’s (Contributory) Pension
- Widow’s (Non-Contributory) Pension , Deserted Wife’s Benefit or Allowance.
- State Pension (Contributory or Non-Contributory) State Pension (Transition)
- Blind Pension , Prisoners Wife’s Allowance
- One-Parent Family Payment
- Supplementary Welfare Allowance for more than 15 months (changing to 12 months in Sept 2022)
- Jobseeker’s Allowance for more than 15 months (changing to 12 months in Sept 2022)
- Jobseeker’s Transitional payment
- Back to Work Allowance, Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA),
- Rural Social Scheme, Tús or Community Employment (and are entitled to keep your secondary benefits).
You will NOT qualify for a Fuel Allowance if:
- You live with someone who is not getting one of the qualifying payments for the Winter Fuel Allowance. Or
- You have weekly income above the means test limits (see below) : – (These thresholds are increasng by €20 in January 2022)
- The assessable income limit for a single person under 80 is €348.30
- The income limit for a couple (where the qualified adult is under 66) is €513.70
- The assessable income limit for a couple (where the qualified adult is 66 or over) is €570.80
Note- – Having an income below the means test limit will not qualify you for fuel allowance unless you have one of the qualifying income types listed above.
Paper application forms should also be available from local post offices.
For more details, you can contact the National Fuel Scheme, Social Welfare Services, College Road, Sligo
Telephone : (071) 915 7100 . See Here too
Exceptional Needs :
Under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA) scheme, a Heating Supplement may be paid to assist people in certain circumstances that have special heating needs.
If a recipient of a social welfare payment has exceptional heating costs due to ill health, infirmity or a medical condition which he/she is unable to meet out of household income, they can apply for a Heating Supplement. You must be living alone or only with a dependent adult or dependent children and satisfy a means test.
Decisions on applications for a Heating Supplement are determined by local Community Welfare Service staff.
Grants for Insulation
Anyone on low income may also be eligible for financial help to get their home insulated. See these articles below for more details.
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