Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (486)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

486. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the progress to date in the determination of an application for fuel allowance in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8188/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The main eligibility conditions that apply to the fuel allowance scheme are that a person must be in receipt of a qualifying payment, must satisfy a means test and must either be living alone or with other qualifying persons. The fuel allowance means test is linked to the maximum rate of State pension (contributory). The applicant and their spouse can have a combined weekly household income of €100 above the maximum rates for State pension (contributory) and Increase for qualified adult and still be eligible for a fuel allowance.

The person concerned applied for this allowance on 16 October 20. Since it is a means-tested payment, information regarding their household means was requested on 29 October 2020. The requested information has not been provided to date, and as a result the application cannot be processed.

When the person concerned provides the information required for the means assessment, eligibility for fuel allowance can be determined and they will be notified of the outcome of their fuel allowance application.

I hope this clarifies the position for the Deputy.