Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (172)

Johnny Guirke

Question:

172. Deputy Johnny Guirke asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons who received the fuel allowance in counties Meath and Westmeath in each of the years 2016 to 2020, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7584/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The Fuel Allowance Scheme is a means tested payment to assist pensioners and other long-term social welfare dependent householders towards their heating costs during the winter season.

The payment is made at the weekly rate of €28.00 over the winter season (28 weeks in the 2020/2021 fuel season) to over 372,000 low income households.

The numbers of Fuel Allowance recipients in Meath and Westmeath in each of the years 2016 to 2020 are set out in the table below.

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Meath

8,377

8,649

8,955

9,405

9,632

Westmeath

5,747

5,789

6,050

6,393

6,548

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.