National Fuel Scheme – Ireland

A winter fuel allowance is available to households in Ireland who are unable to provide for their own heating needs.

A Fuel Allowance is a payment under the National Fuel Scheme to help with the cost of heating your home. It is paid to people who are dependant on long-term social welfare or Health Service Executive (HSE) payments and who are unable to provide for their own heating needs.

The scheme operates for 32 weeks from September to the end of April.

Only one payment is paid to a household.

The Department of Social Protection website contains a full list of qualifying benefits, explains the rates of payment and how to apply. Please visit www.welfare.ie  – Fuel Allowance

Cross-border issues

If you are getting a payment from a country covered by EC Regulations or a Bilateral Social Security Agreement with Ireland e.g. Northern Ireland,  you may qualify for Fuel Allowance if you satisfy the conditions and you are:

  • living in Ireland, and
  • aged 66 or over, or
  • under age 66 and getting Invalidity Pension or Benefit (for over 12 months), a Widow’s or Widower’s Pension or a similar payment from another country covered by EC Regulations or a Bilateral Social Security Agreement.

See also

Page last checked: February 2016

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