Extra four weeks of fuel allowance should be reinstated
commitment also needed on Christmas Bonus.
Commenting on kite flying about potential measures in the Budget next week, Labour Social Protection spokesperson Seán Sherlock called for the reinstatement of the four extra weeks of fuel allowance in 2021 and a commitment to pay the Christmas Bonus.
Deputy Sherlock said:
“There will be an increase in the Carbon Tax again in the budget and rightly the government is taking on board the Labour Party suggestion to increase the level of fuel allowance.
“While we had called for it to be rounded up by €5.50 to €40 a week reports indicate today that it would be increased by €3.50. There is a pressing need for it with energy costs increasing, and older and vulnerable people spending more time at home.
“One of the course sequences of Covid-19 is that people are spending more time at home and this is leading to much higher heating costs and electricity bills. The government have to acknowledge that in the budget.
“Earlier this year four extra weeks of fuel allowance were paid as part of the 2019/2020 fuel allowance season so it is essential that level of support is also restored.
“We also need certainty on the Christmas Bonus payment for this year. It’s our view that this annual double payment must continue, and the government parties have to deliver for those on fixed incomes as it provides a great boost to local shops and communities.
“The message this year has to be to shop local and support your local retailers. A Christmas bonus would give a great boost of confidence to our towns and villages just when it is needed. It’s been a tough year, and people need some good news.”