There are three allowances in the Household Benefits Package.
- Electricity Allowance, or
- Natural Gas Allowance, or
- Cash Electricity Allowance, or
- Cash Gas Allowance
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, you must select the Electricity Allowance or Natural Gas Allowance. The Cash Electricity Allowance is only available if you have a slot meter for gas or electricity or if the registered consumer is a landlord. The Cash Gas Allowance is only available to you if you don’t have an electricity or natural gas supply.
A. Electricity Allowance
The Electricity Allowance has been adjusted from a unit based allowance (1,800 units annually) to a cash credit of €35 each month effective from 1 January 2013, ( 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 has been adjusted to a cash credit of €35 each month effective from 1 January 2013, ( 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 €35.00 monthly payment to your nominated financial account or post office, ( see Section 5).
D. Cash Gas Allowance
If your home is not connected to an electricity or 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).
The Telephone Allowance provides a payment towards your telephone and broadband services. The allowance may be paid in respect of either a landline or a mobile phone, ( see Section 5).
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.