“Doubling of Fuel Allowance was the only humane option,” Mattie McGrath
Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the decision to offer an extra week’s Fuel Allowance to all recipients for this coming week. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Minister for Social Protection, Regina Doherty confirmed that 330,000 people will be given €45 instead of the standard payment of €22.50:
“I am satisfied that the government has seen fit to row back on its miserly approach to the doubling of the Fuel Allowance. Yesterday the Taoiseach said it would cost too much, but today, and only after sustained political pressure, have they decided to dig deep and find the resources necessary.
I hope it goes some way toward offering a modicum of peace of mind for the elderly and the vulnerable in particular.
What I want to see now is firm assurances regarding the granting of exceptional needs payments for all those who incur significant heating or fuel bills during this weather event.
The last thing pensioners or the sick need is the added stress of financial worries while trying to keep themselves warm.
Hopefully next time the government won’t be as slow out of the traps when it comes to offering guarantees of this kind,” concluded Deputy McGrath.