Extra fuel allowance payment available over Christmas – Ó’Domhnaill
Donegal households in receipt of the fuel allowance will automatically receive their extra once-off payment of €40 over the Christmas period, according to local Senator Brian Ó’Domhnaill.
The Department of Social Protection has confirmed that 340,000 people nationally will qualify for the special ‘cold weather payment’ announced in Budget 2011.
Senator O’Domhnaill explained, “This once-off payment will help the most vulnerable households in Donegal who are facing higher fuel bills as a result of the recent harsh weather conditions. Anyone in receipt of the fuel allowance will automatically get an extra €40 with their main social welfare payment on the designated day between 22 December and 7 January.”
“I welcome the Government’s swift action to ensure that this extra payment will be available over the Christmas period. I know this is a particularly difficult time financially for many households and I hope this will go some way to easing the pressure on household bills. Those eligible for the payment include state pensioners, widows, one parent families and people with disabilities.”
“€14 million has been set aside to get this payment to those who most need it around the country. That’s on top of the €230 million already provided for the ongoing Fuel Allowance Scheme. I want to remind households across Donegal who are struggling with extra home heating needs that they can also apply for support under the Heating Supplement and Exceptional Needs Payment Scheme through their local social welfare office,” concluded Senator Ó’Domhnaill.
Posted: Dec 14, 2010 | Categories: Donegal South West