Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Questions (348)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

348. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of rent supplement by county; the number who have had their payment increased over the prescribed limits in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12671/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Rent supplement continues its important role in housing families and individuals, with the scheme supporting approximately 22,600 recipients for which the Government has provided €132.4 million for 2019.

Rent supplement continues its withdrawal from the provision of long term housing within the private rented sector. The aim of the “Rebuilding Ireland - Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness (July 2016), reiterated in the “Housing First National Implementation Plan 2018-2021” (September 2018), is to provide 87,000 flexible housing supports through the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) and Rental Accommodation Scheme between 2016 and 2021.

The following tabular statement sets out the information requested.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

County

Recipients as at 28th February 2019

Payment awards in excess of prevailing rent limits made to date

CARLOW

209

91

CAVAN

187

83

CLARE

108

64

CORK

2,630

762

DONEGAL

87

0

DUBLIN

11,659

7,899

GALWAY

1,050

228

KERRY

742

299

KILDARE

992

712

KILKENNY

116

140

LAOIS

213

185

LEITRIM

83

108

LIMERICK

465

18

LONGFORD

120

368

LOUTH

185

208

MAYO

334

42

MEATH

271

503

MONAGHAN

106

1

OFFALY

80

74

ROSCOMMON

209

111

SLIGO

73

1

TIPPERARY

235

375

WATERFORD

118

74

WESTMEATH

594

486

WEXFORD

712

26

WICKLOW

1,012

541

Grand Total

22,590

13,399