Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Questions (492)

Tom Neville


492. 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. [48982/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

A Fuel Allowance is a payment under the National Fuel Scheme which may be payable to certain households in receipt of long term Social Welfare payments who are unable to provide for their heating needs. Fuel allowance is a means tested payment and all income, including private/occupational pensions and capital such as savings and investments are taken into account.

A single person, under age 80, can have €348.30 per week income (the equivalent of the maximum State Pension Contributory plus €100) and still qualify for fuel allowance.

It was decided on the 19th November 2019 that the person concerned was not entitled to a fuel allowance as their income from employment was in excess of the fuel weekly income threshold. The person concerned was notified of outcome.

If the financial circumstances of the person concerned changes in the future, it is open to them to re-apply for the allowance.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.