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What Fuel Allowance is

Fuel Allowance is a means-tested payment to help with the cost of heating your home during the winter months. It is paid to people who are receiving a long-term (15 months or more) social welfare payment.

The rate of payment is €22.50 per week from October to April each year.

An increase in the Fuel Allowance rate to €24.50 was announced in Budget 2020 and comes into effect week commencing Monday 6 January 2020.

Only one Fuel Allowance is paid to each household.

How to qualify

If you are getting a means-tested payment, for example the State Pension (Non-contributory), you will have already satisfied the means test. This means you will qualify for Fuel Allowance.

If you are not getting a means-tested payment and are getting a payment based on your social insurance record, for example the Contributory State Pension, you will need to satisfy a means test to qualify for Fuel Allowance.

You may qualify for a Fuel Allowance if you are getting any of the following payments:

  • State Pension (Contributory) or (Non-contributory)
  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Pension (Contributory) or (Non-contributory)
  • Occupational Injuries Benefit Scheme
  • Blind Pension
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Disability Allowance
  • Deserted Wife's Benefit or Allowance
  • One-Parent Family Payment
  • Guardian's Payment (Contributory or Non-contributory)
  • Farm Assist
  • Pre-Retirement Allowance
  • Basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance
  • Half-rate Carer's Allowance with another qualifying social welfare payment
Living situation

You may also qualify for a Fuel Allowance if you live alone or with:

  • a dependant spouse, civil partner or cohabitant and or dependant children
  • other people getting one of the qualifying payments who would qualify for a Fuel Allowance in their own right
  • a person who is getting Carer's Allowance or Carer's Benefit and is caring for you or for your dependant spouse, partner or cohabitant on a full-time basis
  • a person getting Jobseeker's Allowance or basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance

Rate of payment

The rate of payment is €22.50 per week from October to April each year.

People getting certain social welfare payments can get their total Fuel Allowance paid in two lump sums. The first lump sum is normally paid in early October and the second payment is in January.

Apply

If this is your first time applying for Fuel Allowance, you need to fill in the Fuel Allowance Scheme application form at the bottom of this page. You can also get this form from your local post office.

Please apply before the start of the heating season (beginning of October). If you apply after this, the department cannot backdate your allowance.

Do I need to reapply each year?

You do not need to reapply for the Fuel Allowance each year as long as your circumstances remain the same and you continue to get the same social welfare payment.

If you are not getting a social welfare payment, your Fuel Allowance can be paid directly into your account in a financial institution or you can collect the allowance at your local post office.

Where to apply for Fuel Allowance

Where you send your application for Fuel Allowance depends on the social welfare payment you are receiving.

If you receive one of the following payments:

  • Invalidity Pension
  • Disability Allowance
  • Incapacity Supplement

Please send your completed Fuel Allowance Scheme application form and supporting documents to:

Social Welfare Services Office

Phone:
Address:
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Government Buildings, Ballinalee Road, Longford, Longford

If you receive one of the following payments:

  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Contributory) Pension
  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Non-contributory) Pension
  • Deserted Wife's Benefit or Allowance
  • State Pension (Contributory or Non-contributory)
  • Blind Pension
  • Guardian's Payment (Contributory)
  • Guardian's Payment (Non-contributory)

Please send your completed Fuel Allowance Scheme application form and supporting documents to:

Social Welfare Services

Address:
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, College Road, Sligo, F91 T384

If you receive one of the following payments:

  • Long-term Jobseeker's Allowance (15 months)
  • Farm Assist
  • One-Parent Family Payment or Jobseeker's Transitional Payment

Please send your completed Fuel Allowance Scheme application form and supporting documents to your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office.

If you receive Long-term Supplementary Welfare Allowance (15 months), please send your completed Fuel Allowance Scheme application form and supporting documents to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection's representative at your local Intreo Centre (used to be called the Community Welfare Officer).

If you receive a social security payment from a country covered by EU Regulations or a country with which Ireland has a Bilateral Social Security Agreement (provided there is an equivalent Irish payment), please send your completed Fuel Allowance Scheme application form and supporting documents to:

Social Welfare Services

Address:
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, College Road, Sligo, F91 T384
How do I get my payment paid in two lump sums?

To get your Fuel Allowance paid in two lump sums, fill in the application form to Change the Payment Frequency at the bottom of this page at least a month before the first lump sum is due.

This form is also available from:

Fuel Allowance Scheme Application Form

Application form for Fuel Allowance under the National Fuel Scheme.

Download

Change the Payment Frequency of Fuel Allowance

Application form to Change the Payment Frequency of Fuel Allowance.

Download

Operational Guidelines

Operational Guidelines: Fuel Allowance Scheme.