How do I qualify?


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You will qualify for Fuel Allowance if:

you are getting one of the following payments from the Department of Social Protection:
  • State Pension (Contributory) or State Pension (Non- Contributory),
  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Contributory) or (Non-Contributory) Pension,
  • Incapacity Supplement,
  • Blind Pension,
  • Invalidity Pension,
  • Disability Allowance,
  • Deserted Wife's Benefit or Allowance,
  • One-Parent Family Payment,
  • Guardian's Payment (Contributory),
  • Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory),
  • Farm Assist,
  • Pre-Retirement Allowance,
  • Prisoner's Wife's Allowance,
  • Long-term Jobseeker's Allowance,
  • Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance,
  • Disabled Person's Rehabilitation Allowance,
  • Infectious Diseases Maintenance Allowance,
you are getting one of the following payments from the Health Service Executive:
  • Disabled Person's Rehabilitation Allowance,
  • Infectious Diseases Maintenance Allowance,

a social security payment from another country ( see Section 3),

a special Department of Defence Allowance,
or

  • you are taking part in an employment or educational scheme and are entitled to keep your secondary benefits,
    and
  • you are normally living in the State,
  • you are living alone or only with:
    • a qualified spouse, civil partner, cohabitant or qualified child(ren) *,
    • other people getting one of the payments listed on page 3 who would also qualify for Fuel Allowance in their own right,
    • a person who gives you full-time care and attention if you are a person with a disability or a long-term illness,
    • a person getting short-term Jobseeker’s Allowance,
      and
  • you and other members of your household are unable to pay for your heating needs from your own resources. To meet this condition, your household must satisfy a means test - see Section 3.

* A qualified child is under age 18 or aged 18 to 22 if in full-time education. If a child turns 18 while in full-time education and you are getting Jobseeker’s Allowance (for less than 15 months), Jobseeker’s Benefit, Illness Benefit or Supplementary Welfare Allowance, they will remain a qualified child only until they finish full-time education or until the following 30 June, whichever is earlier.

Note
If you are getting Natural Gas or Electricity Allowance under the Household Benefits Package and you use gas or electricity for your heating, you may also be entitled to Fuel Allowance.

Last modified:16/05/2012
 

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