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Telephone Support Allowance

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What Telephone Support Allowance is

Telephone Support Allowance is a weekly payment for people who live alone and are already in receipt of certain other social welfare payments. It assists the cost of communications and or home security solutions.

It is paid at a single rate of €2.50 a week.

How to qualify

The allowance is paid automatically to people who are in receipt of one of the qualifying payments listed below and both the Living Alone Allowance and Fuel Allowance.

There is no application form.

  • State Pension (Contributory) and State Pension (Non-contributory)
  • Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Disability Allowance
  • Blind Pension
  • Incapacity Supplement
  • Deserted Wife’s Benefit
  • Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension under the Occupational Injuries Scheme

Rate of payment

The Telephone Support Allowance is an extra €2.50 per week, in addition to your primary payment, Living Alone and Fuel Allowance.

It is equivalent to €130 annually.

Apply

If you believe you qualify for the Telephone Support Allowance, but are not receiving it after 4 June 2018, you can contact one of the following offices depending on which payment you receive.

Longford

Disability Allowance / Invalidity Pension / Disablement Pension (Incapacity Supplement) / Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory Pension under the Occupational Injuries Scheme:

Tel: (043) 334 0000

Sligo

State Pension (Contributory/Non-Contributory) / Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory Pension / Blind Pension / Deserted Wife’s Benefit:

Tel: (071) 915 7100