Energy Credits And Double Chil...


Energy Credits And Double Child-Benefit From Today

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

08:25 1 Nov 2022

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2.2 million electricity account holders are being thrown a lifeline by the government as the first of three €200 electricity credits kick in today.

A total of €600 in credits will be paid out over the next six months in an effort to offset spiralling energy costs.

The second and third payments will be paid in January/February and March/April.

Meanwhile, families will start to get a double child-benefit payment from today.

It was one of the budget measures announced to deal with the ongoing cost of living crisis. 638,000 families qualify for the additional payment of €280 per child.

Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys says the once-off payment is aimed at helping struggling families;

"I was particularly keen to do something to help families with children during the budget negotiations because there are hundreds of thousands of families out there who don't necessarily qualify for a welfare payment, nonetheless they're feeling the squeeze like anybody else."

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