Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (291)

Patrick Nulty


291. Deputy Patrick Nulty asked the Minister for Social Protection if an application for rent supplement will be expedited in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; the reason for the delay; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11464/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The person concerned applied for rent supplement twice in 2012. Her first application in April was not approved as she did not furnish either an assessment of her housing need by Fingal County Council, or evidence of having lived in rented accommodation for six months in the year leading up to the date of application. These are required conditions in order to qualify for rent supplement. However, when she made her second application in September 2012 she did provide an assessment of her housing need by the Council, but her application was incomplete and was returned to her on 3 October 2012 for completion. My Department has received no further communication from the person concerned since then. It remains open to her to contact her local Rents Unit and provide the required information regarding her present circumstances in order that her application for rent supplement can be assessed.