National Fuel Scheme - Frequently Asked Questions


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  1. When will the 2014/2015 Fuel Allowance season start?
  2. I live alone and am in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance more than 15 months but have no other income – am I entitled to Fuel Allowance?
  3. I live alone and get €230.30 State Pension (Contributory) as well as €99 of a private pension – am I entitled to Fuel Allowance?
  4. I live alone and get €230.30 State Pension (Contributory) as well as €150 of a private pension – am I entitled to Fuel Allowance?
  5. 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?
  6. I am in receipt of the Fuel Allowance and getting paid for my spouse partner as a qualified adult who has no entitlement to a Social Protection payment in their own right and I have just moved into a nursing home on a full time basis - Is my spouse partner entitled to Fuel Allowance in my absence?
  7. I was on Jobseekers Benefit and am now on Jobseekers Allowance. Can the time spent on Jobseekers Benefit be counted with the time on Jobseekers Allowance to enable me reach the 391 days and therefore qualify me for the Fuel Allowance.
  8. How do I apply for Fuel Allowance?

1. When will the 2014/2015 Fuel Allowance season start?

The 2014 / 2015 Fuel Allowance season will start on Monday 6 October 2014. (Fuel Allowance is paid with your social welfare payment on the day that you are usually paid your primary payment)

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2. I live alone and am in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance more than 15 months but have no other income – am I entitled to Fuel Allowance?

Yes, you are entitled to Fuel Allowance.

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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. I am in receipt of the Fuel Allowance and getting paid for my spouse partner as a qualified adult who has no entitlement to a Social Protection payment in their own right and I have just moved into a nursing home on a full time basis - Is my spouse partner entitled to Fuel Allowance in my absence?

Yes, this qualifying condition was introduced to prevent additional hardship for families who had an existing Fuel entitlement.

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7. I was on Jobseekers Benefit and am now on Jobseekers Allowance. Can the time spent on Jobseekers Benefit be counted with the time on Jobseekers Allowance to enable me reach the 391 days and therefore qualify me for the Fuel Allowance.

Yes, the time on both schemes can be counted together to determine if you have reached 391 days you may have an entitlement to Fuel provided you satisfy all other qualifying conditions for receipt of the Fuel Allowance.

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8. How do I apply for Fuel Allowance?

Complete the NFS1 application form and send it to the area of the Department dealing with your primary 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 www.welfare.ie

Last modified:21/11/2014
 

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