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Government Of Ireland Fuel Allowance :

Organization : Government of Ireland
Facility Name : Apply for Fuel Allowance
Country : Ireland
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What Is Fuel Allowance?

** Fuel Allowance is a payment to help with the cost of heating your home during the winter months.
** You can get it if you are getting long-term social welfare payments (see the full list below).
** The current rate of payment is €33 every week from September until April 2023.
** Only one Fuel Allowance is paid to each household.

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How To Qualify For Fuel Allowance?

** If you are already getting a means-tested payment
** If you are getting a means-tested payment, such as the State Pension (Non-contributory), this means you have already satisfied the means test.
** You must also meet all other conditions, such as those related to your living situation, to qualify.
** If you are not getting a means-tested payment and are getting a payment based on your social insurance record, for example the State Pension (Contributory), you will need to satisfy a means test and all other qualifying conditions.

Qualifying payments
You may qualify for a Fuel Allowance if you are getting any of the following payments :
** Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance (if qualified)
** Blind Pension
** Death Benefit Pension under Occupational Injuries Benefit Scheme
** Deserted Wife’s Benefit or Allowance
** Disability Allowance
** Farm Assist
** Guardian’s Payment (Contributory or Non-Contributory)
** Incapacity Supplement under the Disablement Pension Scheme
** Invalidity Pension
** Jobseeker’s Allowance Transition
** Jobseeker’s Allowance (if qualified)
** One Parent Family Payment
** Revenue Job Assist
** Social Security Payment (of which there is an Irish equivalent payment) from a country covered by EU Regulations or a country with which Ireland has a Bilateral Social Security Agreement
** State Pension (Contributory or Non-Contributory)
** Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Pension (Contributory or Non Contributory)

Living situation
You may qualify for a Fuel Allowance if you live alone or only with:
** A dependent adult or dependent child
** A person getting a qualifying payment for Fuel Allowance but is not currently in receipt of same (note: only one Fuel Allowance is paid to each household)
** A person who is getting Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Benefit and is caring for you or for your dependent adult or dependent child
** A person getting short term Jobseeker’s Allowance or Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance
If the adult you live with gets half-rate Carer’s Allowance as well as the increase for a dependent adult, then Fuel Allowance may be paid subject to a means test

How To Apply For Fuel Allowance?

Return your application with your supporting documents to :
** If this is your first time applying for Fuel Allowance, you need to fill in the Fuel Allowance Scheme application form at the bottom of this page. You can also get this form from your local post office.
** Please apply before the start of the Fuel Allowance season (late September). If you apply after this, the department cannot backdate your allowance.

Application Form :

How to reapply (if your circumstances change)
** You do not need to reapply for the Fuel Allowance each year as long as your circumstances remain the same and you continue to get the same social welfare payment. ** If your circumstances change you should contact the department as soon as possible to make sure you can still get Fuel Allowance.

Where To Apply For Fuel Allowance?

Where you send your application for Fuel Allowance depends on the social welfare payment you are receiving.
If you receive one of the following payments:
** Invalidity Pension
** Disability Allowance
** Incapacity Supplement
** Death Benefit

Please send your completed Fuel Allowance Scheme application form and supporting documents to:
Social Welfare Services Office (Longford)
Address: Department of Social Protection, Government Buildings, Ballinalee Road, Co Longford
Phone number: (043) 334 0000

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