National Fuel Scheme - Frequently Asked Questions


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  1. What change was implemented in Budget 2012?
  2. How does this affect the current fuel season (2011/2012)?
  3. I live alone and get a long-term social welfare payment but have no other income – am I entitled to Fuel Allowance?
  4. I live alone and get €230.30 State Pension (Contributory) as well as €99 of a private pension – am I entitled to Fuel Allowance?
  5. I live alone and get €230.30 State Pension (Contributory) as well as €150 of a private pension – am I entitled to Fuel Allowance?
  6. I live with my son or daughter who is in full-time employment. I get €230.30 State Pension (Contributory) but have no other income – am I entitled to Fuel Allowance?
  7. How do I apply for Fuel Allowance?

1. What change was implemented in Budget 2012?

The period that Fuel Allowance is paid (the ‘fuel season’) was reduced from 32 to 26 weeks by Budget 2012.  The fuel season for 2012/2013 will last 26 weeks, from Monday 8 th October 2012 to Friday 5 th April 2013. 

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2. How does this affect the current fuel season (2011/2012)?

The Fuel Allowance payments will cease from Friday 6 th April 2012.

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3. I live alone and get a long-term social welfare payment but have no other income – am I entitled to Fuel Allowance?

Yes, you are entitled to Fuel Allowance.

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4. I live alone and get €230.30 State Pension (Contributory) as well as €99 of a private pension – am I entitled to Fuel Allowance?

Yes, because your weekly income is less than €330.30.

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5. I live alone and get €230.30 State Pension (Contributory) as well as €150 of a private pension – am I entitled to Fuel Allowance?

No, because your weekly income is greater than €330.30.

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6. I live with my son or daughter who is in full-time employment.  I get €230.30 State Pension (Contributory) but have no other income – am I entitled to Fuel Allowance?

No.  If a person living with you is in full-time employment, you are not entitled to Fuel Allowance.

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7. How do I apply for Fuel Allowance?

Complete the NFS1 application form and send it to the area of the Department dealing with your pension or allowance payment.

If you are not getting a payment from this Department or if you are getting a payment from another country, send the completed form to: National Fuel Scheme, Social Welfare Services, College Road, Sligo.  The application form and further information is available on the Department’s website http://www.welfare.ie/.

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Last modified:13/03/2012
 

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