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Keeping Warm in Winter

  • 03/01/2018
  • Author:bridgetmccall

Find out what help is available from Government allowances or charitable grants

Older lady with hot water bottle

Coping with cold weather at this time of year can be a struggle, especially if you are ill; disabled; older; or caring for someone. Being on a low income can make the situation even more difficult.

Help may be available to you through Government allowances or from a charitable fund, depending on your background, circumstances and needs.

Government allowances

Household Benefits Package

The Household Benefits Package is a package of allowances which helps you with the costs of running your household. The package is available to everyone aged over 70 and to people under age 70 in certain circumstances living permanently in the Republic of Ireland.

Read the Citizens Ireland Household Benefits Package webpage for more information

Fuel Allowance

A Fuel Allowance is a payment under the National Fuel Scheme to help with the cost of heating your home during the winter months. It is paid to people who are dependent on long-term social welfare payments and who are unable to provide for their own heating needs. Only one Fuel Allowance is paid to a household. Fuel Allowance is generally paid with your social welfare payment on the day that you are usually paid.

The 2017-2018 Fuel Allowance season began on 2 October 2017 and has been extended by one week, from 26 to 27 weeks, into the first week of April 2018.

Read the Citizens Information Fuel Allowance page

Struggling with energy bills?

If you are struggling to pay your energy bills, see the Department of Employment and Social Protection information for customers in financial difficulty with their energy bills

Energy efficiency

If you are on a low income or have certain illnesses, you might be eligible for help to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) website has information on home grants for energy efficiency that are available

Charitable grants

You can use the Turn2us Grants Search to find out if you might be eligible for help from a charitable fund, based on your background, circumstances and needs.

If you have a professional background, support may also be available to you from the Turn2us Elizabeth Finn Fund.

Useful resources

Keep Well and Warm booklet available from the Health Service Executive (HSE) website.

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