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Fuel Allowance Being Cut For Pensioners This Week.
 
# 1 : Tuesday 13-9-2011 @ 09:15
 
 
The cuts to the household benefits package and the fuel allowance will reduce payments to pensioners by almost €20 a month and up to €35.29 during the winter months.
It's expected savings of up to €65m a year will be achieved due to these cutbacks.

We are about to face another freezing cold winter, yet the government feel the need to put some of society's most vulnerable people at risk (again).
If you know anybody who is going to be put in a bad situation because of these cuts, please look out for them this winter and make sure they are heating their homes and not trying to budget themselves into a grave.

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# 2 : Tuesday 13-9-2011 @ 09:19
 
 
It's not on at all, a huge portion of the money St Vincent De Paul is spending is on paying energy bills for people who are hard up including pensioners, the unemployed etc. I would gladly pay into a fund from my wages every week so cuts like these wouldn't happen.
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# 3 : Tuesday 13-9-2011 @ 11:31
 
 
It's the Smokeless Fuel Allowance that is being done away it.

€3.90 a week.

I agree with it being cut. It's a huge saving for the Dept.

Minister Burton noted: “The Smokeless Fuel Allowance was introduced at a time when many more people used coal and there was a big price difference between the types of coal. This situation has changed radically, with far fewer people using coal. Also, smokeless fuel is estimated to be more than 50% more energy efficient than conventional coal which more than offsets any increase in cost.”

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# 4 : Tuesday 13-9-2011 @ 11:44
 
 
Allowances will return to 2007 levels, meaning those in receipt of these contributions will receive €8 less towards electricity a month and €8 less towards their monthly gas allowance.
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# 5 : Tuesday 13-9-2011 @ 11:56
 
 
Over 20% underused their unit allowances last year.

It was already over paid. There was huge increases between 2005 and 2010.

We need to be realistic here.
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# 6 : Tuesday 13-9-2011 @ 12:11
 
 
Minister Burton noted: “The Smokeless Fuel Allowance was introduced at a time when many more people used coal and there was a big price difference between the types of coal. This situation has changed radically, with far fewer people using coal . Also, smokeless fuel is estimated to be more than 50% more energy efficient than conventional coal which more than offsets any increase in cost.”

What cloud is she living on ?
I don't think many senior citizens availed of the free money during the celtic tiger years and upgraded their homes. Most homes built in the last 20 years would not be reliant on coal as their main source of fuel .
Let her come down the country and see the amount of homes occupied by seniors that use coal as their only means of heating fuel.
This is completly unfair to those who have contributed to our economy all their lives.
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# 7 : Tuesday 13-9-2011 @ 13:28
 
 
Someone said :

We need to be realistic here.

Do we? - so we give billions to the banks and €300 million to 100 retiring civil servants instead? Is that what you mean by realism?

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# 8 : Tuesday 13-9-2011 @ 15:50
 
 
We need to be realistic here.

OAP's suffer from the cold a lot more than someone your age Shaggy
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# 9 : Tuesday 13-9-2011 @ 16:09
 
 
A lot country houses are still heated with the range, gas pipes aren't laid out that far and oil would mean a re-fit of the house, an expense that most people couldn't afford or need when the range worked just fine.
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# 10 : Tuesday 13-9-2011 @ 16:28
 
 
Exactly.
We're talking about life and death here.
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# 11 : Tuesday 13-9-2011 @ 16:37
 
 
Someone said :
What cloud is she living on ?
I don't think many senior citizens availed of the free money during the celtic tiger years and upgraded their homes. Most homes built in the last 20 years would not be reliant on coal as their main source of fuel .
Let her come down the country and see the amount of homes occupied by seniors that use coal as their only means of heating fuel.
This is completly unfair to those who have contributed to our economy all their lives.

Yes, but doesn't the smokeless coal allowance only apply to the urban areas that have bans on smoky coal?

These cuts are pretty savage and are going to cost lives. Meanwhile, Seanie Fitz, David Drumm and co continue to live the high life. Business as usual in Ireland.

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# 12 : Tuesday 13-9-2011 @ 17:14
 
 
Someone said :

Yes, but doesn't the smokeless coal allowance only apply to the urban areas that have bans on smoky coal?

We are not talking about a few hundred individuals here. Quiet a few people will feel the effect of this policy..

The areas where you must use smokeless or low smoke fuels areas are:

Arklow
Bray
Celbridge
Cork
Drogheda
Dublin
Dundalk
Galway City
Kilkenny
Leixlip
Limerick
Naas
Sligo
Tralee
Waterford City
Wexford.
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# 13 : Tuesday 13-9-2011 @ 17:46
 
 
Im unemployed since dec. last for the first time since i was 13. Ive a child of 4 with special needs in a rented house built in 1810 heated only by oil. I had to stop using the oil as it has to be on nearly constant to keep this house warm and last winter i used 1000L in 2months and still we lived in the sitting room were the open fire is as it was the only warm room. Third of the tank left and im worried about this winter as i cannot afford to fill it up again for this winter and all these cuts just making it harder to live.. The cost of fuel and everything is not at 2007 levels there nearly double what they were then and they expect us to survive on less. Ive never begged for anything in my life and never will again. I neaded help so I went to the social looking for help to get oil and they didnt give a fuck as im renting privitely. I worked hard all these years and payed my taxes For What??.So bertie ahern AND CO. and the bankers can live it up while my child and i struggle each week. Any1 that says "WE NEAD TO BE RELISTIC" doesnt have a fucking clue whats its like to be broke and should step into my shoes for 1 month and see how much people like me are short as it is to pay the bills.
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# 14 : Tuesday 13-9-2011 @ 19:57
 
 
I'm sorry I even typed!

I think they are being brought down to more realistic levels that's all.

Last year the Fuel Allowance with the Smog was €23.90. On top of that then people with the household benefits got something like 2000 odd units.

I don't know what people do be heating but last winter my heating bill was no where close to that.

It's been brought back to 2007 levels. The units that were being given out weren't being used by over 20%. I don't have the figures here but it was a very small percentage that went over the units allocated.

It's thrown into the paper and made out that the Govt. are trying to kill off the OAP's!

Even those on JobSeekers payments getting just the fuel allowance, it's now €20 per week. Over a billing period that's €160 plus.

It's paid Sept - May. (Around €780 for the 9 months)

My heating bills isn't close to that for the whole year.
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# 15 : Tuesday 13-9-2011 @ 20:01
 
 
My heating bills isn't close to that for the whole year.

A lot of OAP's might be indoors all day and not just switch the heating on at whatever time you might arrive home from work at
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