Help is at hand for fuel, phone and TV costs -- if you fit the bill
IF you are on any social welfare payments or over 70 years of age, you may be eligible for a variety of supports to help you pay your energy bills.
The Household Benefits Package provides contributions for those aged over 66 towards an electricity, natural gas or bottled gas refill bill and telephone bill, and to cover the cost of the television licence each year.
The allowances are applied directly to the customer's bills, where applicable.
The Fuel Allowance is a payment made to those on social welfare to help with the cost of heating homes over the winter months.
An Post's Household Budget Scheme is a scheme that allows those on social welfare to have a percentage of their utility bills (for example, local authority rents, electricity, gas, phone bills) taken directly from their weekly payment.
Those who use the scheme say it is particularly helpful for managing their weekly monthly and yearly budget.
Those who avail of the scheme will also be exempt from Eircom's new requirement that customers make at least a €20 minimum payment when paying bills at post offices.