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Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Wednesday, 6 February 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 547 No. 4

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 165. Mr. Ring Information on Michael Ring Zoom on Michael Ring  asked the Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs Information on Dermot Ahern Zoom on Dermot Ahern  the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo is not receiving a free fuel allowance. [3864/02]

Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs (Mr. D. Ahern): Information on Dermot Ahern Zoom on Dermot Ahern To qualify for a payment under the national fuel scheme, a person must be in receipt of a qualifying payment, satisfy a means test and be living alone.

[1628]The person concerned is in receipt of widow's (contributory) pension. As she resides with her son she does not satisfy the living alone condition and therefore she does not qualify for a payment under the national fuel scheme.

If the person concerned has special heating needs and is unable to provide for those needs, she may apply for a special needs payment under the supplementary welfare allowance scheme. An application for this supplement may be made through her local community welfare officer.


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