English encourages older people in Meath West to apply for the Fuel Allowance this Autumn

Local Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal and Fine Gael T.D. for
Meath West Damien English has encouraged older people in Meath West to
apply for the Fuel Allowance this autumn, as the new fuel allowance
season gets underway in advance of the winter.

“The Fuel Allowance scheme is designed to assist pensioners and other
very low income households to meet the cost of their heating needs
during the winter season.

“I encourage older people and people in receipt of social welfare in
Meath West to apply for the allowance. They can fill in the form in
their local Post Office, or find it online at
http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Fuel-Allowance.aspx

“The Fuel Allowance is means tested and is paid to the customer with
their social welfare payment at a rate of €22.50 per week.

“People on an employment scheme or in receipt of a Back to Education
Allowance would also be entitled to the Fuel Allowance if they
continue to satisfy the conditions – including the means test.

“In order to qualify for the Fuel Allowance the claimant:

  • Must be resident in the State
  • Must be in receipt of certain qualifying payments
  • Must live alone or only with:
  • a qualified spouse/ civil partner / cohabitant or qualified child(ren);
  • a person in receipt of a qualifying payment who would be entitled
    to the allowance in their own right;
  • a person who is in receipt of Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Benefit
    in respect of providing full time care and attention to the Fuel
    Allowance applicant or their qualified spouse / civil partner /
    cohabitant or qualified child(ren);
  • a person receiving short term Jobseeker’s Allowance or the Basic
    Supplementary Welfare Allowance (less than 391 days).“As a Fine Gael TD for Meath West I am working hard to ensure that
    people who need it most, can benefit from the recovery in our economy.
    All those who qualify for the Fuel Allowance should apply for it now.
    Fairness will be the focus of the upcoming Budget and we will continue
    to reducing high levels of taxation on modest incomes and phase out
    the USC. Our top priority is to protect the economy and create more
    jobs, which in turn will fund better public services for hard pressed
    families.”

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