The person concerned was awarded a discretionary once off payment of €800 in March 2011 by his local Community Welfare Officer in relation to his housing. His application for payment of a rent supplement was made in April 2011 and was assessed by the Central Rents Unit which has been responsible for rent allowance claims in this area since December 2009. The person concerned did not furnish a housing needs assessment from his local authority as required under the rules of the scheme until the 10th May 2012. The application can only be awarded from the date of the housing needs assessment.
The claim of the person concerned was not affected by the transfer of the community welfare service from the HSE to this Department.