Home News Community People of Laois to receive immediate assistance with cost-of-living pressures

People of Laois to receive immediate assistance with cost-of-living pressures

What has the Budget 2018 got for you?

Four measures to help with the cost of living will be paid this week and provide huge relief for the people of Laois.

This is according to Deputies Sean Fleming and Charlie Flanagan who said the welfare payments will benefit older people, working families and people with disabilities across Laois and Ireland.

A €500 Disability Support Grant will be paid to 216,000 people receiving Disability Allowance, Blind Pension, and Invalidity Pension.

A €400 Fuel Allowance Lump Sum Payment will be paid to over 370,000 households.

A €500 lump sum Working Family Payment will be paid to 44,000 families.

A €200 lump sum payment will be paid to the 234,000 people in receipt of the Living Alone Allowance.

Fine Gael TD Flanagan said: “Four separate lump sum payments will be paid to over 865,000 people this week, a total of €325 million.

“Fine Gael is determined to put money back in people’s pockets and assist them with the rising cost of living.

“My colleague Minister Heather Humphreys announced details of the following payments to alleviate the challenges people in Laois face.

“As well as the significant supports in the Budget for 2023, people in Laois are going to receive immediate help with the cost of living.

“We know the cost of living is rising and it is more expensive to do the weekly shop, fuel your car, pay your bills, and make ends meet.

“This range of payments will assist those most vulnerable as we approach a cold winter.

“Whatever happens, you can rely on the Fine Gael team to make sure that our economy stays strong, so that we have the resources to continue helping you with the cost of living and continue investing in vital public services and public infrastructure like housing.

“For example, a person with a disability who lives alone and receives the fuel allowance will receive an extra €1,100 into their account this week.

“This week’s targeted payments are in addition to the Double Child Benefit Payment and the Autumn Double Payment which have already been paid out in recent weeks to assist people with the cost of Living.

“In addition, from January, all weekly payments will be increased by €12 per week.”

While Fianna Fail’s Sean Fleming said: “This is important news for older people, working families and people with disabilities in Laois as we head into the winter period.”

SEE ALSO – 15 new homes approved for existing housing estate in Laois town

Previous articleIn Pictures: Two Laois officials recognised at National GAA Referee’s Awards in Croke Park
Next articleDeep sadness following the passing of much loved Laois business owner and proud GAA man
Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.