She said: "The Fuel Allowance plays a vital role in supporting hundreds of thousands of households with their heating costs over the winter months.
"In order to ease the pressure and stress that many households are currently facing, an additional €400 lump sum cost-of-living payment will be made to all households in receipt of fuel allowance in mid-November.
"This will bring the total value of the Fuel Allowance to €1,324 per household."
Further supports are due to be rolled out in the coming weeks, including a double Child Benefit payment and a €500 disability support payment.
€500 will be paid to those in receipt of the Carer’s Support Grant on the week of November 21.