Cost of living issues

Help with the cost of living
This page has advice on some of the supports that are available and information about how you can manage your money.

Additional Needs Payment
Additional Needs Payments are paid to people who have essential and exceptional needs that they cannot meet out of their weekly income. It can be paid for funeral costs and fuel bills. You must have a low income.
This document is in: Supplementary Welfare Schemes

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance
The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is paid each year to families on certain social welfare and other benefits. The scheme helps families with the cost of sending children back to school.
This document is in: Families and children

Working Family Payment
Working Family Payment is a weekly tax-free payment to people on low pay. You must have at least one child to qualify.
This document is in: Families and children

Paying your electricity bills
Help with understanding your electricity bill and advice if you are worried about paying your bill.
This document is in: Utilities

Paying your gas bills
Help with understanding your gas bill and advice if you are worried about paying your bill.
This document is in: Utilities

Medical cards
The medical card scheme entitles certain people to free public health services. This document explains the medical card and how to apply for it.
This document is in: Medical cards and GP visit cards

Grants for a home energy upgrade
This scheme provides grants to help to upgrade the energy efficiency of your home to a BER rating of B2 or above.
This document is in: Housing grants and schemes

Energy upgrades for homeowners on low incomes (Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme)
This scheme aims to increase the energy efficiency and warmth of homes where people on low incomes are living.
This document is in: Housing grants and schemes

Household Benefits Package
The Household Benefits Package helps you with the costs of running your household. It includes electricity and gas allowances and a Free Television Licence. It is paid to people over 70 and to people under 70 in some circumstances.
This document is in: Extra social welfare benefits

Housing Assistance Payment (HAP)
The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is a social housing support provided by local authorities. Under the scheme, rent is paid directly to private landlords and you pay a weekly contribution to your local authority.
This document is in: Renting a home

Financial supports for students
Information on other financial supports for students in further and higher education.
This document is in: Fees and supports for third-level education