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Extra social welfare benefits

Overview Document Extra social welfare benefits Information about the extra benefits that may be available to certain people getting a social welfare payment.

Free Travel in Ireland
Everyone aged 66 and over living permanently in Ireland is entitled to travel free of charge on public transport. Others on certain social welfare payments also share this entitlement. Find out more about free travel in Ireland and the Senior SmartPass which allows you to travel for free on public transport in Northern Ireland.

Social welfare payments and living on a specified island
If you are getting a certain social welfare payment and living on a specified island off the coast of Ireland you can get an increase in your social welfare payment .

Household Benefits Package
This document describes the Household Benefits Package, which incorporates the Electricity Allowance, Cash Electricity Allowance, Natural Gas Allowance, Cash Gas Allowance and the Free Television Licence.

Living Alone Increase
The Living Alone Increase is a supplementary payment for people on social welfare pensions who are living alone.

Smokeless Fuel Allowance
The Smokeless Fuel Allowance was discontinued from September 2011.

Fuel Allowance
The National Fuel Scheme provides an allowance to low-income households that are unable to meet their heating needs.

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If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.