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Social Welfare Payments

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 19 May 2022

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Questions (292)

Claire Kerrane


292. Deputy Claire Kerrane asked the Minister for Social Protection the estimated full-year cost of extending the current rate of the fuel allowance by €1 per week. [25468/22]

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The Fuel Allowance is a payment of €33.00 per week for 28 weeks (a total of €924 each year) from October to April at an estimated cost of €366 million in 2022. The purpose of this payment is to assist qualifying households with their energy costs. The allowance represents a contribution towards the energy costs of a household. It is not intended to meet those costs in full. Only one allowance is paid per household.

It is estimated then the additional cost of increasing the Fuel Allowance rate by €1 per week would be in the region of €11.2 million over a standard 28-week Fuel Allowance season.