THOUSANDS of Irish households will receive a one-time €400 boost from next Monday.
As part of the 2023 budget, the government has announced that the 371,000 households that receive the fuel allowance will receive a one-off lump sum of €400 to help them pay their bills this winter.
The Department of Social Protection has confirmed that the payment will be made next Monday, November 14.
Beneficiaries of the fuel allowance already receive €33 per week for 28 weeks from September to April.
And an additional 81,000 new households will start receiving the fuel allowance in January in the biggest expansion in the program’s history.
Under the extension, someone over 70 will be able to earn up to €500 per week and will still be eligible for the fuel allowance.
In a household where two people are over 70, they will be able to earn €1,000 per week and still claim payment for fuel.
In a household where one person is over 70 and the other resident is under 70, they will be assessed under the over 70 criteria.
For households where all residents are under the age of 70, the income threshold will increase from €120 per week to €200 per week.
Speaking about the start of the fuel season, Social Care Minister Heather Humphreys said the 370,000 households already under the scheme will receive €1,324 this season between paying €400 and 28 payments of €33.
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She said: “The fuel allowance plays a vital role in supporting hundreds of thousands of households with their heating costs during the winter months.
“In order to alleviate the pressure and stress that many households are currently facing, an additional lump sum allowance of €400 for the cost of living will be paid to all households receiving a fuel allowance in mid-November.
“This will bring the total value of the fuel allowance to €1,324 per household.”
Some 78,336 households receive Fuel Allowance in Dublin, including 39,638 in Cork and 17,074 in Limerick.
Meanwhile also next week, an additional payment of €200 will be made to people receiving the Living Alone Allowance.
A cost of living payment of €500 to the 44,000 people receiving the Working Family Payment is also due on November 14.
An additional sum of €500 will be paid in the form of Disability Support Allowance to recipients of Invalidity Allowance, Blind Person’s Pension and Invalidity Pension.