a person who gets half-rate Carer’s Allowance as well as an increase for a dependent adult
Since January 2023, half-rate Carer’s Allowance and Disablement Benefit payments are not included in the Fuel Allowance means test.
If you are living with a person who is 70 or over, it may be better for your household if they apply for Fuel Allowance.
Rate of payment
The weekly rate of payment is currently €33 during the Fuel Allowance season, which is usually from late September to April.
People getting certain social welfare payments can choose to get their Fuel Allowance paid in two instalments. The first instalment sum is paid at the start of the Fuel Allowance season and the second is paid in January.
You should submit the completed form at least one month before the Fuel Allowance season starts. If you submit it during the season, your payment will continue to be paid weekly until the next instalment is due.
Please apply before the start of the Fuel Allowance season (late September). If you apply after this, the department cannot backdate your allowance.
You do not need to reapply for Fuel Allowance each year as long as your circumstances have not changed and you continue to get the same social welfare payment.
If your circumstances change you should contact the department as soon as possible to make sure you can still get Fuel Allowance.
The online service is not available if you are getting long-term Jobseeker's Allowance (12 months), Jobseeker's Transitional Payments, Farm Assist or One-Parent Family Payment. You can only apply through your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office.
Where to send your Fuel Allowance application form
If applying using the paper Fuel Allowance (NFS1) application form you should send the completed form to the section of the department which you are getting your payment from. The relevant section addresses are listed below.
If you are getting:
Please send your completed Fuel Allowance application form and supporting documents to:
Social Welfare Services Office (Longford)
Department of Social Protection, Government Buildings, Ballinalee Road, Co Longford, N39 E4E0