Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (344, 347)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

344. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of rent supplement in the counties of Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow with particular reference to categorisation by single persons, couples and families; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20926/14]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

347. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of recipients in each of the Dublin councils in receipt of rent allowance; the monthly costs per council area; and the rent threshold per area. [20958/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 344 and 347 together.

The purpose of the rent supplement scheme is to provide short-term income support to assist with reasonable accommodation costs of eligible people living in private rented accommodation who are unable to provide for their accommodation costs from their own resources. The overall aim is to provide short term assistance, and not to act as an alternative to the other social housing schemes operated by the Exchequer. There are currently approximately 77,000 rent supplement recipients for which the Government has provided over €344 million for 2014. Details of the number of rent supplement recipients in each county requested by the Deputy are provided in the attached tabular statement. Information on these recipients by family composition is not maintained. Statistics are not maintained of rent supplement recipients in Dublin by local authority. The rent limits for the Dublin area are provided in the tabular statement.

Tabular Statements

Rent Supplement Recipients by County, End April 2014

County

Recipients

Dublin

28,849

Kildare

3,850

Meath

1,886

Wicklow

2,245

Total

36,830

Maximum Rent Limits from June 2013

County:

Single Shared

Couple Shared

Single

Couple

Couple/One Parent Family - 1 Child

Couple/One Parent Family - 2 Children

Couple/One Parent Family - 3 Children

Dublin - Fingal

300

350

520

700

850

900

950

Dublin - Not Fingal

350

400

520

750

950

975

1,000

Question No. 345 withdrawn.