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Heating up Weekly €28 fuel allowance to be paid to 370,000 households for next six months

Eligible people told to apply "immediately" for heating cash

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Fuel allowance payments for this winter worth €28 a week or a €392 lump sum start this week.

The means-tested payment will be given to around 370,000 households over the next six months.

Anyone eligible for the payment should "submit an application immediately", which can be found on the department’s website.

Those who were paid the fuel allowance last year will automatically be paid again this year as long they remain entitled.

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys has said she is conscious of households seeing their bills increase and return to 2019 levels.

She has said it will be an important factor for her as minister as she continues the Budget 2022 negotiations with her government colleagues.

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Heather Humphries

Heather Humphries

Heather Humphries

“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,” said Minister Humphries.

A budget of €292 million has been set aside for the upcoming season by the department for the scheme.

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