There have been some calls for extra fuel allowance payments because of the ongoing spell of cold weather . On Feb 27th – the Dept of Social Protection was referring people to the Exceptional Needs Payments if they were having problems paying for extra heating.
After a bit of a row in the Dail on Tuesday – there seems to have been a change of mind and it has now been confirmed by Minister Regina Doherty that the Fuel Allowance will be doubled for this week (€45 instead of €22.50).
The extra payment will be made in the week beginning March 12th.
(Ppeople who opted for lump sums instead of weekly fuel allowance will also get the extra €22.50 paid into their bank account in that week)
There has been a “Cold Weather Payment” made in a similar situation in the past in Ireland. Back in 2010/2011 there was a long cold spell and €40 extra was paid out to Fuel Allowance recipients. That was equivalent to 2 weeks extra Fuel Allowance. See : 2010 Cold Weather Payment
In the UK – a cold weather payment of £25 is paid on top of their Winter Fuel Payment when there are 7 consecutive days where the temperature is zero centigrade or lower. This extra payment has been triggered in many UK areas this week.
It is targeted to specific postcodes based on Met Office figures. ( Note: the total UK Winter Fuel Allowance is a maximum of £300 . Here in Ireland it is €607.50)