I propose to take Questions Nos. 165 and 166 together.
The person concerned was awarded a maximum rate widow's, widower's and surviving civil partner's contributory pension with effect from 26 July 2019. Payment has issued to the person's nominated account in a financial institution and all due arrears have been paid.
Fuel allowance is a means-tested payment to assist householders on long-term social welfare payments with their heating costs during the winter season. An application for fuel allowance issued to the person concerned on 17 September 2019 for completion.
On return of the completed application form, the person's entitlement to fuel allowance will be assessed and they will be notified of the outcome, in writing, without delay.
I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.