Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (354)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

354. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will address an issue in respect of a person (details supplied) who is receiving a €100 per week jobseeker's allowance payment but has become homeless because they cannot access private rented accommodation even with rent supplement on such a low income; and if it is possible to increase their weekly payment so that they can exit homeless services. [5525/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The person concerned is currently in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance at the rate of €100.00 per week. This is the maximum rate payable for a person of his circumstances. According to the records of this Department the person concerned has not recently submitted an application for a rent supplement. It is open to him to submit such an application to his local community welfare service.