Telephone Support Allowance

Introduction

The Telephone Support Allowance (TSA) is an extra weekly payment for people on certain social welfare payments who are also getting both the Living Alone Increase and the Fuel Allowance.

It is intended to help people living alone with the cost of communications and/or a home alert system and is paid by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP).

As this allowance is paid automatically to people who qualify, you do not need to apply for it.

Rules

To qualify, you must be getting both the Living Alone Increase and the Fuel Allowance along with one of the following payments

The DEASP has published useful FAQs about the Telephone Support Allowance on welfare.ie.

Rates

Weekly payment (from 4 June 2018):

Telephone Support Allowance €2.50

The Telephone Support Allowance is an additional sum paid on the same day and by the same method as your main weekly payment.

How to apply

As the Telephone Support Allowance is paid automatically to people who qualify, you do not need to apply for it. There is no application form.

If you think that you may qualify but haven’t received an automatic payment (after 4 June 2018), you should contact the section in the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection that pays your main social welfare payment (see list of payments in ‘Rules’ above).

Page edited: 5 June 2018