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Government range of supports for Winter

The government has urged householders to ensure that they are availing of the supports that are in place to help all of us through winter.

Cost-of-living supports

The government announced a suite of measures to help people with the rising cost of living including:

  • a €600 electricity credit for every household in the country
  • a double social welfare payment for October – namely the Autumn Cost of Living Double Payment
  • a double child benefit payment on 1 November
  • a lump sum payment of €400 to people in receipt of fuel allowance, in the week commencing 14 November
  • a payment of €200 to people who are in receipt of the living alone allowance, commencing on 14 November
  • a €500 payment to people in receipt of the working family payment. These payments will commence on 14 November
  • a €500 lump sum payment for people getting Carer’s Support Grant. These payments will commence on 14 November
  • a €500 lump sum disability support grant will be paid to all people getting a long term disability payment
  • The above payments will commence on 14 November.


  • €700 – €8000 grants available for attic and cavity wall insulation depending on the upgrades selected
  • 37,000 home energy upgrades including 6,000 free upgrades under the SEAI Energy Poverty Scheme
  • €64 estimated savings through the extension of VAT reduction on energy bills
  • Any older person who has concerns about their energy costs, finances, health, housing, or wellbeing this winter can call ALONE’s National Support and Referral Line – for access to services, advice and information.

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