There will be a four week extension to the existing fuel allowance season for eligible customers due to the COVID-19 emergency.
The current 28 week season was due to finish on 10 April, however this will now be extended until Friday 8 May.
Commenting on the extension, Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon said the move makes ‘perfect sense’, in that our most vulnerable groups will be provided with additional targeted supports.
“This extension will ensure those in receipt of this payment have one less thing to worry about and can remain safe and warm in their homes for the coming period,” said Minister Cannon.
The fuel allowance is paid at a rate of €24.50 per week for 28 week and the payment is made as an allowance, paid alongside the primary welfare payment.
Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, said: “The Covid-19 emergency presents a once in a century challenge to our society and our public services and we are determined that our Department does everything we can to meet emerging needs and provide comfort to as many as possible.”