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Fuel allowance should be extended to cover un-seasonal June and July - Ó Snodaigh

21 July, 2007


Dublin Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has this morning called on the Minister for Social and Family Affairs to introduce a one-off payment for social welfare recipients qualifying for fuel allowance to cover additional fuel costs incurred due un-seasonal weather conditions throughout June and July. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said: “The fuel allowance assists state pension and social welfare recipients with their fuel costs throughout the traditionally colder seasons – from the end of September to mid-April. It is not paid from the end of April through to start of September as the Government deems it unnecessary throughout the summer months. “However, due to the un-seasonal weather conditions throughout the summer, which has seen the wettest June and July on recent record, an additional burden has been placed on families and older people who have had to increase their fuel consumption. “For example families have had to dry clothes indoors over the last number of weeks and heating has been needed to be turned on or indeed up as the evening has been a lot cooler than would be expected during summer months. “I am particularly concerned for older people and those with disabilities who are particularly at risk as inadequate home heating can cause a decline in health. “I am calling on the new Minister for Social and Family Affairs Martin Cullen to introduce as a matter of urgency a one-off payment to cover the additional fuel costs due to the un-seasonal weather conditions throughout June and July.” CRIOCH

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