Thursday, 25 October 2018

Questions (355)

Bernard Durkan


355. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 721 of 18 September 2018, if she will address a matter in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44572/18]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The purpose of rent supplement is to assist with reasonable accommodation costs of eligible persons living in private rented accommodation where they are unable to provide for their accommodation costs from their own resources and do not have accommodation available to them from any other source.

In order to establish continued eligibility under legislation and means, a review was issued on the person's rent supplement claim on 1/6/18.  No response was received from the person concerned within the prescribed time and her claim for rent supplement was closed on 17/7/18.

The person concerned subsequently lodged a new application for rent supplement which was received on 31/7/18.  The claim was awarded and payment issued effective from July 2018.  The person concerned has not made any request to the South Kildare/West Wicklow Rents Unit for payment of rent for June 2018 and has not indicated any reasonable grounds for initially failing to respond to the review of 1/6/18.

It is open to the person concerned to contact the Rents Unit as outlined below, should she wish to pursue this matter.

Phone: 01 6732155 Monday to Friday 9:30am to 12:30pm


Post:   South Kildare West Wicklow Rents Unit. PO Box 1107, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.