The Energy Benefit is aimed to mitigate the effect of the increase in expenditure on water and electricity bills of low-income families.
Following the submission of an Energy Benefit application, a person may qualify either:
- As a social case; or
- Through an Income Means Test
What you’ll get
A person who qualifies for an Energy Benefit automatically or through an Income Means Test, shall be entitled to:
- An amount to offset 30% of the consumption of electricity prior to the eco reduction up to a maximum assistance of €75 per year per person in the household, and
- If claimant or spouse are the account holder, they are entitled to a subsidy of not more than €65 per year in respect of the rent of the electricity meter, and a subsidy of not more than €59 per year in respect of the rent of the water meter.
Moreover, a person who is over 60 years of age and is in receipt of an Energy Benefit will also be awarded €40 annually as a Gas Rebate per household, payable only with actual bills. On the other hand, a person who is under 60 years of age and is in receipt of an Energy Benefit will be awarded €30 as a Gas Rebate annually per household.
Both the Energy Benefit and Gas Rebate entitlement is deducted directly from the Water and Electricity Bill. The amount of Energy Benefit and Gas Rebate entitlement deducted is indicated in detail on the 2nd page of the Water and Electricity bill.
In addition, a beneficiary who is eligible for the Energy Benefit and Gas Rebate but is not the account holder of the water and electricity meter, will receive an advice letter from the Department of Social Security with the details of the Energy Benefit and Gas Rebate awarded. This information should be compared with the bill received by the account holder whereby the beneficiary is to confirm that the amount of the Energy Benefit and Gas Rebate mentioned in the letter has been reduced in the bill.
General eligibility criteria:
- A person who is in receipt of one of the following Social Security Benefits or Assistances will automatically qualify for the Energy Benefit:
- A Person who is in receipt of either Social Assistance; Assistance for Carers; Increased Assistance for Carers; a Single Unmarried Parent Assistance or Unemployment Assistance
- A Person who is in receipt of Special Unemployment Benefit
- A Person who is in receipt of an Age Pension
- A person who is in receipt of one of the following Social Security Allowances or Assistances will qualify through an Income Means Test:
- Children’s Allowance
- Supplementary Allowance
- Disability Assistance
- To qualify for the Energy Benefit, the declared income by a claimant must not exceed €10,221 (Year of Assessment 2020).
- Copy of the last Water and Electricity bill.
Any change in circumstance must be reported immediately to the Director General (Social Security). If the Director General (Social Security) is not informed about change of circumstance, entitlement for the benefit or part of may be forfeited.
How to apply
Fill in and submit the application online.