Apply for the Fuel Allowance

In Blog by Denis Naughten

With the income limits for the fuel allowance increased from 1st January –


I’m asking you to Help make a difference this Christmas by assisting a pensioner, and those on the half rate cares allowance or disablement benefit to apply




Fuel Allowance

From 1st January 2023, the following changes will apply to how income is assessed in the means test for Fuel Allowance:

  • Disablement Benefit and half-rate Carer’s Allowance will now be disregarded in the means test for Fuel Allowance.


  • People aged 70 and over do not need to be getting a qualifying social welfare payment. Capital (savings and investments) not taken into account in the means test will increase from €20,000 to €50,000. They can have a weekly means (which includes their State Pension) up to €500 per week for a single person and €1,000 per week for a couple. In the case of a couple, only the person applying for the allowance needs to be aged 70 or over.



  • For people aged under 70, the weekly allowable means above the applicable State Pension (Contributory) rate will increase from €120 to €200.



The current weekly rate of Fuel Allowance is €33.


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