National Fuel Scheme - Summary

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Fuel Allowance

The Fuel Allowance is a payment to help with the cost of heating your home.  It is paid to people who are dependent on long-term social welfare payments and who are unable to provide for their own heating needs.  Fuel Allowance is paid to only one person in any household

Entitlement to Fuel Allowance

The Fuel Allowance is a means-tested payment and you can only get it if you live either alone or with certain categories of people (for example, a dependent spouse, civil partner or cohabitant or a dependent child). If you are already getting a means-tested payment from this Department, you will satisfy the means test for Fuel Allowance, unless you are also getting a half-rate PRSI-based payment, such as Illness Benefit, Injury Benefit or Jobseeker’s Benefit.

The means test for Fuel Allowance is linked to the maximum rate of payment of State Pension (Contributory) (SPC). If your total weekly means are no more than €100 over the maximum rate of SPC, you may be eligible for Fuel Allowance.  In other words, the current maximum rate of SPC is €230.30, so if your total weekly means, including your social welfare payment, is less that €330.30, you may qualify for Fuel Allowance.

Fuel Allowance payment period

Following measures introduced in Budget 2012, Fuel Allowance will be paid up to and including the week ending Friday 6 th April 2012.

The 2012/2013 fuel season will be of 26 weeks duration.

Rate of Fuel Allowance

€20 Fuel Allowance is paid each week for the duration of the fuel season.

Last modified:13/03/2012

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