Fuel Allowance Lump Sum Payments

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Lump Sum Payments

Most people getting the Winter Fuel Allowance in Ireland have the option to receive the payment in two lump-sum payments instead of weekly.

The lump sum instalment option is not available to participants of Employment Support Schemes – Rural Social Scheme, Tús and Community Employment, as these payments are not made directly by the department. Neither is it available to recipients of Supplementary Welfare Allowance, as this is a short-term scheme.

It is hoped that lump sums will be more useful to allow people to get cheaper fuel by buying in bulk where possible. Oil and coal are usually cheaper when bought in larger amounts.

Note- an extra one-off lump sum of €300 was paid to all fuel allowance claimants in the week beginning November 20th 2023

Fuel Allowance Payment Dates 2024

The Fuel Allowance rate is now €33 per week . It was increased in Budget 2022 from €28 a week.

The first fuel allowance lump sum of €462 is due to be paid in the last week of September 2024.

The second fuel allowance lump sum of €462 (14 weeks at €33 per week) should be paid in the first week of January 2025.

How to Apply for Fuel Allowance Lump Sum Payments instead of Weekly

If you want to switch your fuel allowance to lump sums or a weekly payment for 2024/25, you must fill in form CPF 1 and send it to the section that pays your primary payment. You will need to request the change by the start of September 2024 to be sure of getting the 2024 lump sum in time.

Anyone who submits the form after the cut-off time cannot be guaranteed that they will receive the fuel allowance lump sum for that period, but their weekly payment of the allowance will continue until the next lump sum issue date.
Weekly payments of fuel allowance in 2024 will start in the last week of September 2024.

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/

This option is not available to people getting payments under the Rural Social Scheme, Tús, Gateway, Community Employment and Supplementary Welfare Allowance.

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