The person concerned has applied for rent supplement at the rate applicable to himself and one child and not two as stated in the question. In cases where parents have joint custody of a child, the needs of both parents to have adequate accommodation to look after the child are taken into account when an application for a rent supplement is being determined. In this case, rent supplement at the higher rate has been refused to the applicant as his child is being adequately accommodated with the mother. The refusal has been upheld by the HSE appeals office. Rent Supplement can only be awarded when the person concerned reduces his rent to the limit for a single person. As things stand at present, this rent is in excess of that amount.