Lump Sum Payments
Anyone getting the Winter Fuel Allowance has the option to receive the payment in two lump-sum payments instead of weekly.
This change was announced in the Autumn of 2017 and will continue until further notice.
Previously, the Fuel Allowance had always been paid on a weekly basis.
It is hoped that lump sums will be more useful to allow people to get cheaper fuel by buying in bulk where possible. Oil, coal and peat are usually cheaper when bought in larger amounts.
Fuel Allowance Payment Dates 2022- 2023
The Fuel Allowance rate 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 first lump sum of €462 will be paid in the last week of September 2022.
January 2023 Fuel Allowance
The second fuel allowance lump sum of €462 (14 weeks at €33 per week) will be paid in early January 2023.
Apply for Lump Sum Payments instead of Weekly
If you want to switch your fuel allowance to lump sums or a weekly payment for 2022-2023, 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 2022 to be sure of getting the 2022 lump sum.
Anyone that 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 will begin in the last week of September 2022.
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/fuel
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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