Fuel allowance lump sum announcement welcomed by John Brady TD
Sinn Féin Social Protection spokesperson John Brady TD has welcomed an announcement from Minister Regina Doherty this morning that fuel allowance recipients will have the option of receiving two lump sum payments.
Speaking today Teachta Brady said;
“This is a common sense proposal which Sinn Féin has previously raised with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar when he was the Social Protection Ministers. At that time Minister Varadkar said it couldn’t be done.
“I met with Minister Doherty three weeks ago and asked her to look at it again for this year’s budget so I am delighted with this morning’s announcement that this option will be given to fuel allowance recipients after this year’s budget.
“This is just one measure to help tackle fuel poverty which affects 28% of households across the State.
“Data from the CSO indicates that half of older people have oil-fired central heating. It is difficult for those on small fixed incomes to pay for a fill of oil, particularly those in receipt of fuel allowance as a weekly payment.
“Minister Doherty now also needs to reverse the cuts to the fuel allowance payment which was cut from 32 weeks to 26.”