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Emergency fuel help for families ruled out

The Department of Social and Family Affairs has ruled out an Emergency Fuel Allowance for families suffering through the coldest winter in 47 years.

Opposition politicians have called for the emergency provision especially considering the welfare cuts in last month’s Budget, including the removal of the Christmas bonus payment.

The fuel allowance schemes are focused on the most vulnerable in society including the elderly, disabled people, blind people, lone-parent families and the long-term unemployed.

The Department of Social and Family Affairs have claimed that they have made improvements to a number of fuel provisions and an emergency payment is not needed.