Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2736)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

2736. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated full year cost if the fuel allowance was increased by €2.50, €5 or €7 per week, respectively; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32915/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The costings sought by the Deputy are presented in the following table.

Fuel Allowance Rate Increase

Cost (€m)

€2.50

26.2

€5

52.3

€7

73.3

The costs shown above are on a full year basis and are based on the estimated number of recipients in 2019. It should be noted that these costings are subject to change in the context of emerging trends and associated revision of the estimated numbers of recipients for 2020.

Any change to the Fuel Allowance would need to be considered in a budgetary context.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Question No. 2737 answered with Question No. 2735.