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Fuel Allowance increase won't be paid out until November - but will be backdated

It was confirmed on Tuesday that the allowance was increasing by €5 to €33 a week.

THE €5 INCREASE in the Fuel Allowance announced in this week’s Budget will not be made until 1 November, but will be backdated by three weeks, according to the Department of Social Protection. 

The government on Tuesday unveiled its Budget for 2022, announcing how it plans to spend a €4.7 billion package.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that the allowance was increasing by €5 to €33 a week. 

Following the Budget announcement, there was some confusion online as to when the €5 increase would kick in.

The Department of Social Protection had confirmed this week that the €5 increase kicked in on 12 October.

However, this increase won’t be paid out until the week commencing 1 November and will be backdated to 12 October. 

That means that three weeks worth of arrears of €15 will be paid for weekly recipients and 12 weeks worth of arrears of €60 will be paid for lump sum recipients on the week of 1 November.

The Fuel Allowance is a means-tested payment to help with the cost of heating your home during the winter months.

It is paid to people to are receiving certain long-term social welfare payments.

The aim of the scheme is to help qualified households in receipt of certain social welfare payments with their heating costs.

The allowance represents a contribution towards a person’s normal heating expenses and, according to the Department of Social Protection, it’s not intended to meet those costs in full.

Only one Fuel Allowance is paid to a household.

The 2021-2022 Fuel Allowance season started on 27 September and will run until April 2022. 

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