Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Questions (277)

John McGuinness


294 Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Social Protection if an application for rent allowance will be expedited and approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. [31365/11]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

The community welfare service (CWS), and the community welfare officers providing it, transferred formally to the Department of Social Protection (DSP) from 1 October 2011. The service and the staff are now part of the DSP.

The person concerned was refused a rent supplement on the grounds that she is living in private rented accommodation for less than 183 days prior to her application and she was not deemed as being in need of housing by her local authority.