Thursday, 7 February 2019

Questions (257)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

257. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the fuel allowance is payable in the case of persons (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6207/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Fuel allowance is a means-tested payment which aims to help householders on long-term social welfare payments with their heating costs during the winter season. It is not intended to meet those costs in full. Only one allowance is paid per household.

The applicant must satisfy a number of eligibility conditions which include being in receipt of a qualifying payment, satisfying a means test and living alone or only with other qualifying person(s).

No application for fuel allowance has been received from the person concerned. An application form has been issued to the person for completion. On receipt, their eligibility for fuel allowance will be assessed and they will be notified of the outcome in writing.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.