Fuel Allowance Lump Sum Payments 2021 / 2022



Extra €125 Fuel Allowance in 2022

NEW: Due to increasing energy costs – the government has promised an extra €125 for all fuel allowance recipients in 2022. The extra €125 is due to be paid in the week beginning 14th March 2022.

There is also going to be a one-off credit of €176 paid on every household’s electricity account from April 2022. This is not related to the fuel allowance – and will be paid to every household. (€176 pre VAT is equivalent to €200 ) Find out more here about this – : All Households to get €200 to help with Electricity Bills in 2022


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 Alowance Payment Dates 2022

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 Fuel Allowance payments in the week commencing 1 November 2021 were at the new rates of €33 and included 3 weeks arrears for weekly recipients (€15).
Lump-sum recipients received 12 weeks arrears (€60) during the week commencing Nov 1st 2021.

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.

If you previously got fuel allowance payments as two lump sums – this will continue until you request a change.

More about Winter Fuel Allowance and who is eligible here.

January 2022 Fuel Allowance


The second fuel allowance lump sum of €462 (14 weeks at €33 per week) was paid in early January 2022.


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 October 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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