There are two allowances in the Household Benefits Package.
- Electricity Allowance or
- Natural Gas Allowance or
- Cash Electricity Allowance or
- Cash Gas Allowance
Please note that the Telephone Allowance has been discontinued from 1 January 2014.
This allowance is an Electricity or Natural Gas Allowance and is made up of 4 different options. If you have an electricity and natural gas supply and depending on your supplier you can receive your allowance as a credit on your bill or as a cash credit into your nominated financial account or Post Office.
A. Electricity Allowance
The Electricity Allowance is a cash credit of €35 a month, (see section 5).
B. Natural Gas Allowance
The Natural Gas Allowance is an alternative to the Electricity Allowance if your home is connected to a natural gas supply. It is a cash credit of €35 a month, (see section 5).
C. Cash Electricity Allowance
If you live in self-contained accommodation (a flat or an apartment) and you have a slot meter or the registered consumer of gas or electricity at your address is a landlord, you may qualify for a Cash Electricity Allowance. This is paid as a monthly payment to your nominated financial account or post office, (see section 5). Also if you are with a supplier other than Electric Ireland you may also be eligible to get the cash electricity allowance.
D. Cash Gas Allowance
If your home is not connected to a natural gas supply but you otherwise satisfy the conditions of the scheme, you may get the Cash Gas Allowance. This is paid as a monthly payment to your nominated financial account or post office, (see section 5). Also if you are with a supplier other than Bord Gais or Flogas you may also be eligible to get the cash gas allowance.
Free Television Licence
Once you qualify for the Household Benefits Package you may get a Free Television Licence from the next renewal date of your television licence.