Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (501)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

501. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection if eligibility for the fuel allowance will be reviewed in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8637/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

In order to be eligible for fuel allowance, a person must be in receipt of a qualifying payment, satisfy a household means test and live alone or only with certain other qualified people. Under the means test, an applicant and members of his/her household may have a combined assessable income of up to €10 a week above the appropriate rate of State Pension Contributory, currently €248.30 and qualify for fuel allowance.

It was decided on the 27th January 2021 that the person concerned did not qualify for fuel allowance as her weekly means, derived from a private pension, were in excess of the weekly income threshold. The person was notified in writing of this decision and advised if there were any changes in their circumstances to submit a new application.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.