Thursday, 24 September 2020

Questions (172)

Pádraig MacLochlainn

Question:

172. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Social Protection the status of an application for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26064/20]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Fuel allowance, under the National fuel scheme, may be payable to certain households in receipt of long term Social Welfare payments who are unable to provide for their heating needs. The allowance is subject to a means test and is paid only to those who live alone or with certain exempted people. Full details of the qualifying criteria for the scheme are available on the Department’s website www.welfare.ie.

The department received a claim for fuel allowance for the gentleman concerned on 04 September 2020. A Deciding Officer of the department wrote to him on 11 September 2020 requesting further information relevant to his application for fuel allowance. His claim for fuel allowance will be finalised as quickly as possible on receipt of the requested information.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.