Fuel Allowance Extended By A Week

Clare Labour TD Michael McNamara has welcomed the decision by the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, to extend the fuel allowance by a week due to the unseasonable weather across the county and country.

Mr McNamara said: "The unseasonably bad weather means people will need to heat their home for longer than expected, and Minister Burton has responded to the situation with impeccable speed, extending the fuel allowance by a week.

"The 410,000 recipients of the fuel allowance will be paid automatically and will not have to worry about applying for the extra week, which will begin on April 8th.

"I am sure that this decision will be of comfort to the many low-income households that depend on this allowance, and I would like to commend the Minister on her decision today."


Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

27 February 2018
Labour Calls For Fuel Allowance To Be Doubled This Week
The fuel allowance for older people should be doubled this week in light of the forecast snow and freezing temperatures, Labour spokesperson on Social Protection, Senator Ged Nash, has said.
13 May 2014
Concerns Raised Over Risk Of Families Losing Free Water Allowance
Concerns have been raised following the announcement that customers who struggle to pay their water bill face having their free allowance cut off. Irish Water confirmed that households will only get the free allowance if they 'pay their bills in a timely manner'.
27 October 2008
Disabled Speak Out
A Donegal group representing people with disabilities has meet with Tanaiste Mary Coughlan to discuss the decision in last week's Budget to raise the age of eligibility for Disability Allowance from 16 to 18. The Donegal group will also be represented at a meeting with Social and Family Affairs Minister Mary Hanafin in Dublin this week.
18 August 2017
People Urged To Submit Winter Fuel Allowance Applications Before Deadline
Older people have been urged to ensure their applications for the Winter Fuel Allowance are returned to the Department of Social Protection ahead of the 15 September deadline.
21 July 2017
Fuel Allowance Recipients Can Now Choose Lump Sum Payments
Recipients of Fuel Allowance payments will be able to opt for two lump sum payments this year, the Minister for Employment and Social Protection Minister, Regina Doherty. In previous years, the Fuel Allowance has been paid on a weekly basis between October and April. The rate of payment is €22.