Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1044)

Tom Neville

Question:

1044. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a fuel allowance application by a person (details supplied). [44551/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Fuel allowance is a means-tested payment to assist householders on long-term social welfare payments towards the cost of their heating needs.

The person concerned applied for State pension (contributory) on 6 September 2018, and indicated on the application form that they wished to apply for fuel allowance. In order to ascertain their eligibility for fuel allowance, details of their means were requested on 11 October 2018. The person was notified in writing on 22 May 2019 that their application for fuel allowance was disallowed as they had not replied with the information required to process their application.

A questionnaire has reissued to the person concerned, requesting details of their means. Once this information is received, their eligibility for fuel allowance will be determined and they will be notified of a decision without delay.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Questions Nos. 1045 and 1046 answered with Question No. 1039.