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Pay Day 372,000 households to receive €125 fuel allowance bonus payment this week

The scheme is means-tested and available to pensioners, widows, widowers, jobseekers, lone parents, and people with disabilities.

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Elderly woman warms hands by fire (Stock) Photo: Monkey Business Images

Elderly woman warms hands by fire (Stock) Photo: Monkey Business Images

Elderly woman warms hands by fire (Stock) Photo: Monkey Business Images

Fuel allowance recipients will be paid a once-off additional sum of €125 this week.

Some 372,000 households will receive the bonus payment, which was announced by the Government last month to tackle the rising cost of living.

The lump sum will arrive in recipients’ bank accounts this week, depending on their social welfare scheme.

The scheme is means-tested and available to pensioners, widows, widowers, jobseekers, lone parents, and people with disabilities.

Last month, the Government announced a €505 million package to help offset Ireland’s soaring cost of living.

As part of the this, people who are already receiving fuel allowance will be given an extra €125 this week.

The package also included a €200 reduction in energy bills, which is coming into effect later this month.

Announcing the bonus fuel allowance payment, Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said that she was “acutely conscious that the rising cost of living is causing considerable concern for families.”

“We have all felt it in recent months - through our bills, at the petrol station and in the supermarket,” she said.

“And unfortunately, the situation is not being helped by the horrific war unfolding in Ukraine.

“This once-off payment is part of a wider package of measures, totalling €505 million, agreed by Government last month in order to make things a little easier for families.”

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Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

She continued: “The Fuel Allowance plays a vital role in assisting tens of thousands of households with their heating costs over the winter months.

“It acts as a financial aid for people living in low income households to help towards the cost of the likes of electricity and heating oil.

“This €125 lump sum fuel allowance payment is aimed at the most vulnerable people in our society, to ensure that they are protected against rising fuel costs.

“This payment, in addition to the Budget increase to the Fuel Allowance I secured in October, will mean low-income households see an increase of 41% this Fuel Allowance season compared to the last season,” she added.

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