By Dan Walsh
The National Fuel Scheme, which is a means-assessed payment, will be paid for 28 weeks. It is paid at a weekly rate of €24.50 or by way of two lump sum payments of €343 each. One Fuel Allowance is paid per household.
The estimated expenditure for this non-statutory scheme is €261.35 million with over 352,000 households expected to benefit from the Fuel Allowance payment this season.
Wexford TD and Minister for Law Reform, James Browne told WexfordLocal.com; “The Fuel Allowance will be an added support for many County Wexford households as we approach our winter season. It is a financial aid for people living in low-income households to help towards the cost of heating oil, electricity, gas, or solid fuel.
“The Fuel Allowance scheme provides a support for householders on long-term social welfare payments to cover additional heating expenses over the winter months. Those who qualified for the Fuel Allowance payment last year will automatically receive the payment again this year if they continue to fulfil the eligibility requirements. They do not need to re-apply.
“County Wexford people who have not received the payment previously and who wish to apply for the Fuel Allowance can contact my office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 053 9235046. My office will be glad to help people make an application”, Minister Browne concluded.