Electricity Costs Emergency Benefit Scheme.

An Electricity Costs Emergency Benefit Scheme was approved by Cabinet at the end of 2021 which will give €100 Credit to all Domestic Electricity Customers in Ireland in early 2022.

Electricity Costs Emergency Benefit Scheme

Approximately 2.1 million domestic electricity account holders will benefit from the Electricity Costs Emergency Benefit Scheme for a one-off credit of €100 on their electricity accounts.
The €100 Payment to all Domestic Electricity Customers will be automatic and people will not need to apply for it.
It will be paid to millionaires and people on welfare. (Labour and the Social Democrats both argued that the money should be better targeted. )
Maybe the millionaires will donate their payment to charity ?

When Will the €100 be paid?

The €100 credit will be channelled through ESB networks to all the energy suppliers, who will then pass on the discount to customers. The Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU) will have oversight of the scheme.

The payment will be made to all domestic electricity accounts, including pay as you go customers. The exact details of how and when the payment will be made should be announced early in 2022. It is hoped it will be paid before April 2022. It will only be paid as a credit on your electricity account.(Not into your bank account.)
The proposal has been agreed upon by Cabinet but will require new legislation which the Government is hoping to quickly progress through the Oireachtas.

More Help With Fuel Bills

Thousands of households already get help towards fuel bills with the Winter Fuel Allowance . The fuel allowance amounts to €924 a year for eligible households.

Under the Household Benefit Scheme, about 400,00 people also receive €35 a month towards electricity OR gas all year round. That works out at €420 a year per claimant. Some of these people will also qualify for the Fuel Allowance.

For a household getting both the fuel allowance and the Household Benefit Scheme – they will receive €1344 in a full year (2021/22) . This newly announced €100 payment will bring their total payments from Government towards fuel bills to €1444 in a year.

The average Electricity bill in Ireland is €1274 – but new customers can pay as little as €962.
See where to get the Cheapest Electricity Here

The lowest annual cost of average gas usage is currently €793 See Gas Price comparison Here

Problems Paying Energy Bills?

If you are facing difficulty paying your electricity or gas bill, you should contact your supplier and seek to come to an agreement on a payment plan. Energy suppliers must arrange practical payment plans to assist domestic customers who have built up arrears. Any repayment arrangements must take into account the customer’s circumstances and must be reasonable and affordable.

The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) is the State’s money advice service, guiding people through dealing with problem debt. MABS runs a Helpline (0818 07 2000) Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm)

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