National Fuel Scheme - Frequently Asked Questions


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  1. When will the 2019/2020 Fuel Allowance season start?
  2. What is the rate of the Fuel Allowance?
  3. I live alone and am in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance more than 15 months but have no other income – am I entitled to Fuel Allowance?
  4. I live with my son or daughter who is in full-time employment. I get €248.30 State Pension (Contributory) but have no other income – am I entitled to Fuel Allowance?
  5. I am in receipt of the Fuel Allowance and getting paid for my spouse partner as a qualified adult who has no entitlement to an Employment Affairs and Social Protection payment in their own right and I have just moved into a nursing home on a full time basis - Is my spouse partner entitled to Fuel Allowance in my absence?
  6. I was on Jobseekers Benefit and am now on Jobseekers Allowance. Can the time spent on Jobseekers Benefit be counted with the time on Jobseekers Allowance to enable me reach the 391 days and therefore qualify me for the Fuel Allowance?
  7. How do I apply for Fuel Allowance/Change the frequency of payment of Fuel Allowance?
  8. What if I apply to change the frequency of my Fuel Allowance payment the cut off time i.e. two weeks before the lump sum issues?

1. When will the 2019/2020 Fuel Allowance season start/end?

The 2019/2020 Fuel Allowance season  commenced on Monday 30th September 2019 and is due to end on Friday April 10th 2020. (Fuel Allowance is paid with your social welfare payment on the day that you are usually paid your primary payment.)

2. What is the rate of the Fuel Allowance?

The current rate is €22.50 per week. An increase in the Fuel Allowance rate to €24.50 was announced in Budget 2020 and comes into effect week commencing Monday 6th January 2020

Since the 2017 Fuel Season if you are in receipt of the Fuel Allowance you can opt to receive your payment in 2 lump sums – the first at the start of the season in and the second at the midway point (January).

The first lump sum of €315 was paid during week commencing Monday 30th September 2019. The second lump sum will be €343 and will be paid in the second week of January 2020. .Please note the lump sum option is not available on all of the schemes that pay the fuel allowance. For up to date information please visit www.welfare.ie/fuel

3. I live alone and am in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance more than 15 months but have no other income – am I entitled to Fuel Allowance?

Yes, you are entitled to Fuel Allowance, provided you satisfy all other qualifying conditions.

4. I live with my son or daughter who is in full-time employment. I get €248.30 State Pension (Contributory) but have no other income – am I entitled to Fuel Allowance?

No. If a person living with you is in full-time employment, you are not entitled to Fuel Allowance. 

5. I am in receipt of the Fuel Allowance and getting paid for my spouse/partner as a qualified adult who has no entitlement to an Employment Affairs and Social Protection payment in their own right and I have just moved into a nursing home on a full time basis - Is my spouse/partner entitled to Fuel Allowance in my absence?

Yes, this qualifying condition was introduced to prevent additional hardship for families who had an existing Fuel entitlement. 

6. I was on Jobseekers Benefit and am now on Jobseekers Allowance. Can the time spent on Jobseekers Benefit be counted with the time on Jobseekers Allowance to enable me reach the 391 days and therefore qualify me for the Fuel Allowance.

Yes, the time on both schemes can be counted together to determine if you have reached 391 days. You may have an entitlement to Fuel provided you satisfy all other qualifying conditions for receipt of the Fuel Allowance. 

7. How do I apply for Fuel Allowance/Change the frequency of payment of Fuel Allowance?

To apply for a Fuel Allowance complete the NFS1 application form and send it to the area of the Department dealing with your primary payment.
 
If you are in receipt of a Fuel Allowance and wish to change the frequency of your payment from weekly to lump sum or to return to weekly payments from lump sum complete the FACPF1 form at least one month before the lump sum is due to issue and send it to the area of the Department dealing with your primary payment.

If you are not getting a payment from this Department or if you are getting a payment from another country, send the completed form to: National Fuel Scheme, Social Welfare Services, College Road, Sligo. The application form and further information is available on the Department's website www.welfare.ie

8. What if I apply to change the frequency of my Fuel Allowance payment after the cut off time of two weeks before the lump sum is due to issue ?

Customers who submit their forms after the cut off time of two weeks before the lump sum is due to issue cannot be guaranteed that they will receive the lump sum for that period, but their weekly payment of the allowance will continue until the next lump sum issue date.

 

Last modified:18/10/2019
 

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