Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2795, 2796)

John Brady

Question:

2795. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated full-year cost of extending the fuel allowance scheme by one week. [33679/19]

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John Brady

Question:

2796. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated full-year cost of increasing the fuel allowance to €25.95 per week and reintroducing the 32-week payment period. [33683/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 2795 and 2796 together.

The estimated full year cost of extending the Fuel Allowance scheme by one week is €8.4 million.

The estimated full year cost of increasing the Fuel Allowance rate to €25.95 and extending it to 32 weeks is €74.9 million.

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