Call for Fuel Allowance to be doubled
Sinn Féin Social Welfare spokesperson Séan Crowe TD has called on Finance Minister Brian Cowen to double the Fuel Allowance to €18 per week in Wednesday’s budget. Deputy Crowe also called for the payment to be paid in a up front at the beginning of winter and for it to include the months of April and May.
Speaking in Dublin today he said, “There are now 62,000 households in chronic fuel poverty in the 26 Counties. 16,300 of them are households with elderly people living in them. In all 270,000 people have been in receipt of Fuel allowance as of 2003.
“The current payment is €9 a week. We are calling for it to be raised to €18 per week, for it to be paid in up front at the beginning of winter and for it to include the months of April and May. This would be a practical measure that would help alleviate the hardship faced by some of the most disadvantaged people in society every year.
“To do this would cost €83million a year. This is just a fraction of the money that has been wasted by this Government, the €195 million wasted on the failed PPARS computer system, the €315 million wasted in tax incentives for luxury holiday homes, €57 million on the failed media lab in the south inner city, €61 million on the Garda PULSE system and the €50 million on the E-voting system. This Government has proved itself to be very foolish at times when it comes to spending public money. This Wednesday I urge Minister Cowen to be smart, to invest in those most in need in our society.” ENDS