Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (560)

Tom Neville


560. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a fuel allowance application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46697/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Fuel allowance is a means tested payment, payable to people who either live alone or only with certain qualified persons. The seasonal allowance currently runs from October to April and can be paid weekly or in two lump sums, the first in October and the second in January.

The person concerned has been in receipt of fuel allowance with effect from 12 October 2012, paid on a weekly basis during the fuel season. In September 2019, the person applied to have the payment method changed to the lump sums option and the first of these payments issued on 4 October 2019. The second and final payment for the current fuel season is due to be paid in January 2020.

The person concerned has been notified that their requested change of payment arrangement has been implemented.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.