Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (341)

Patrick Nulty


349 Deputy Patrick Nulty asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will expedite an application for rent allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; when the claim will go into payment and arrears issue; the reason for the delay; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35169/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

The family concerned were evicted from their rented accommodation at which point the rent supplement payment ceased. They were advised to seek alternative accommodation provided it was within the rent limit for this area of €900 per month. They should send their rent supplement application as soon as possible to the Rent Supplement Unit, P.O.Box 11758, Dublin 24 and/or phone 1800 201 698 for information as the Rent Unit based in Tallaght deals with applications for this accommodation address. The policy of the Department is that it does not assist with the payment of rent in advance, except in very exceptional circumstances. The Department can assist with payment of the deposit using an emergency needs payment from the community welfare service at the local health centre.