The Household Benefits Package is a set of allowances which help you with the costs of running your household. It includes allowances towards covering electricity or gas costs as well as the television licence.
The package is available to everyone aged over 70 and to people under 70 in certain circumstances.
How to qualify
The qualifying conditions for the Household Benefits Package are different depending on what age you are and the payment you are receiving from the government.
be legally living in the State on a permanent basis (full-time, all year round)
be the only person in the household claiming this benefit
be the registered bill holder on the Gas/Electricity bill if you are claiming that allowance
prove your identity with a Public Services Card when asked to do so
Your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant must be a Qualified Adult on your pension, be in receipt of a social welfare payment in their own right, or satisfy a means test, if they are in receipt of a benefit payment
If you are renting your home, your landlord must provide written confirmation that you are a tenant, including the MPRN (Meter point reference number) or GPRN (Gas point reference number) of the address you are living at. Your landlord must also confirm that you are paying your own energy bills.
Carers and Disabled People
You can qualify for the Household Benefits Package if you meet one of the following conditions:
you are over 70 years of age
you are getting Carer's Allowance
and providing full- time care and living with the person you are caring for
you are caring for a person you are living with who is getting Constant Attendance Allowance
you are between 66 and 70 years of age and are getting one of the following:
Deserted Wife’s Benefit
an ordinary Garda Widow’s Pension from the Department of Justice and Equality
an equivalent Social Security Pension/Benefit from a country covered by EU Regulations or from a country with which Ireland has a Bilateral Social Security Agreement
Incapacity Supplement (for at least 12 months) with Disablement Benefit
You are aged between 66 and 70 and not receiving a qualified payment, and satisfy a means test
you are under 66 and are getting one of the following: