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Kildare Household's To Receive First Of Three €200 Energy Credits

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The other payments will be made in the new year

Some 2.2 million electricity account holders are being thrown a life line by the government as the first of three €200 electricity credits kicks in on Tuesday .

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

From the start of November and into December, the first energy credit will appear on customers' bills, but the actual date is dependent on a household's electricity supplier and billing cycle.

The credit line on the bill will say €183.49, which amounts is €200 when VAT is taken into account.

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

Susanne Rodgers of Social Justice Ireland says it may be time to move away from our dependence on electricity:

Kildare parents will receive a double child benefit today, to the value of €280.

The measure was announced in September’s budget, as part of a 2.2 billion euro social welfare package.

Parents of children under 18 will receive the €280 today, which is double the usual monthly rate of €140.

The increase is part of a series of social protection supports that were announced in Budget 2023.

Meanwhile the fuel allowance lump sum of €400 euro will be issued on November 14th, along with the lump sum Livinf Alone Allowance worth €200.

Social welfare rates and State Pensions will also rise by €12 euro to €265 and €220 per week, respectively.

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