Friday 14 June 2024
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Energy Credits and Cost-Of-Living Lump Sum Supports will put Money Back in your Pocket

Energy Credits and Cost-Of-Living Lump Sum Supports will put Money Back in your Pocket

North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea said people throughout North Cork will continue to benefit from Budget 2024 measures that come into effect this week. The first instalment of energy credits being issued on Friday will be a welcome relief to many.

Cllr. O’Shea said “Budget 2024 was focused on putting money back in your pocket, and these payments demonstrate our continued commitment to supporting our citizens and families who are dealing with the ongoing cost of living pressures. This week, a €400 Carer’s Support Grant will be provided to 120,000 of the country’s carers, with many carers in North Cork benefiting, showcasing Fine Gael’s support for their hard work.

“Also this week, there will be a €200 lump sum payment to approximately 240,000 people in receipt of the Living Alone Allowance, and a €100 payment per child for people receiving an ‘Increase for a Qualified Child’ on their social welfare payment – this will benefit 370,000 children”.

These payments are part of a package of nine lump-sum payments, totalling €1.2 billion, that Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys secured in Budget 2024.

Cllr. O’Shea added “Last week saw people avail of three lump-sum payments, which included a €300 Fuel Allowance payment, a €400 Disability Support Grant, and a €400 lump sum Working Family Payment. There will also be further payments next week with the Christmas Bonus Double Payment and the doubling of Child Benefit, along with a Double Payment in January. Christmas is a very special time of year but I’m very aware that it can also be a stressful period for people”.

“The combination of energy credits and these three lump-sum payments in early December are designed to put more money into the pockets of those who need it most. Fine Gael is aware that the cost-of-living crisis continues to impact families throughout . These payments will go a long way in supporting people”, concluded Cllr. O’Shea.