Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (485)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

485. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the progress to date in the determination of eligibility for fuel allowance in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8187/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The person concerned is currently in receipt of Illness Benefit at a rate of €203 per week.

Illness Benefit is classed as a short term scheme and is not a qualifying payment for fuel allowance.

Under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance scheme a heat supplement may be awarded in cases where a person has exceptional essential heating costs due to ill health or infirmity and who cannot provide for such costs from within his or her own recourses. If the person concerned wishes to apply for a heat supplement they should contact the Community Welfare Officer at their local Intreo Office.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.