Double fuel allowance payment for this week for over 330,000 people

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Double fuel allowance payment for this week for over 330,000 people

The Government will automatically give out a double fuel allowance payment of €45 this week.

Over 331,000 in receipt of fuel allowance will receive a double payment due to the severe weather conditions.

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Minister Doherty announces a double fuel allowance payment.

"Given the severity of the weather, the Government has decided to issue a double fuel allowance payment of €45 in respect of this week.

"It is hoped that this will offer certainty to those relying on fuel allowance and enable our customers to stay safe and warm during the severe weather. 

"This payment will issue automatically to all 331,000 recipients of fuel allowance. It will be processed next week and paid directly to customers in the following week commencing Monday March 12th.

"Most people either pay for their fuel needs in arrears (e.g. gas, electricity) or in bulk (e.g. solid fuel/oil) so additional use of these fuels this week will not incur an immediate cost for the people concerned for a few weeks," he said.

The Government will pay out over €14 million in fuel allowance this week in Ireland.

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