Number of Mayo households getting fuel allowance payments revealed

A total of 13,918 households across Mayo received fuel allowance payments through the National Fuel Scheme last winter and will automatically receive payments again this year, beginning today, as long as their eligibility remains the same, Mayo TD Alan Dillon has said.

The Fuel Allowance, which is a means-assessed payment, will be paid for 28 weeks to an estimated 370,000 households across the country.

Deputy Dillon outlined: “I am conscious that heating costs are a major concern at present for many and that households have seen their bills increase and return to 2019 levels.

"I know that for the 13,918 households across Mayo that received the fuel allowance payment last year, this scheme is key to supporting them meet their energy costs.

"Recipients are paid a weekly rate of €28, with an option also to receive two lump sum payments of €392 each.

“The scheme plays a vital role in ensuring that families across Mayo have the security in knowing they will be able to pay their heating bills over the winter months.

"I know it will be especially important to people this year in the context of rising fuel costs globally, and I am encouraging my colleagues in government to factor this into the upcoming budget.

“All those who received the fuel allowance last year will be automatically be paid again this year, as long as their entitlement remains.

"I would really urge anyone who is in need of this scheme and has not applied previously to submit an application immediately. The fuel allowance application form is available through local Intreo Centres, Post Offices or on the department’s website."