Waterford households can now apply online for the Fuel Allowance Scheme. The new system will support the scheme’s largest ever expansion and it’s believed that over 80,000 additional households will qualify for the payment for the first time.
As part of the scheme’s expansion, a new means test for fuel allowance for the over 70s is being introduced. So what does this mean?
1: A single person over 70 can have income of €500 per week and a couple can have income of €1,000 per week.
2: The over-70s will no longer need to be in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment to be eligible for Fuel Allowance.
3: In the case of a couple where one person is over 70 and one is under 70, they will be assessed under the Over 70s Means Test criteria.
4: In addition, Minister Heather Humphreys (FG) is more than doubling the amount of savings that are disregarded in the means assessment for the Fuel Allowance payment for those over 70.
Under this, the first €50,000 in savings and investments will be completely disregarded in the means test.
Said Senator John Cummins (FG): “I am acutely aware that the cost of energy has been a worry to many people in Waterford and around the country, but I do not want to see any older person afraid to turn on their heating this Winter, especially as we face a cold spell later this week.
“I encourage those who think they may be eligible for the payment to apply online via MyWelfare.ie, but you can also request an application form by calling 081-820-0400. Our senior citizens are the backbone of our communities and they deserve every comfort at this stage of their lives.”