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Cost of living supports

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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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