Why would I not qualify for a Fuel Allowance?

Fuel Allowance is a means-tested payment. If you are getting a non-contributory payment you are accepted as satisfying the means test.

If you are on an employment support scheme or if you are getting a Back to Education Allowance you are entitled to keep your Fuel Allowance if you continue to satisfy the conditions – including the means test.

The Fuel Allowance means test is linked to the maximum rate of the State Pension (Contributory).

You can have a combined weekly income of €100 above the maximum State Pension (Contributory) for your situation and still be eligible for a Fuel Allowance. This means that you can have capital/savings, providing they are less than €58,000, and be eligible for a Fuel Allowance. (€58,000 is equivalent to just over €100 a week under the capital means assessment rules.)

For example:

  • The assessable income limit for a single person under 80 is €338.30 (€100 plus €238.30)
  • The assessable income limit for a couple (where the qualified adult is under 66) is €497.10 (€100 plus €238.30 plus €158.80)
  • The assessable income limit for a couple (where the qualified adult is 66 or over) is €551.80 (€100 plus €238.30 plus €213.50)

If you are over 80, add an extra €10 to the appropriate DEASP payment rate.

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Last Updated: 08/03/2018