Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (636)

Bernard Durkan


636. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason a person (details supplied) continues to receive a lower rate of rent support than is applicable to a similar person; if there are other issues affecting entitlement being applied by her Department without reference; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37246/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

I refer to the Deputy's Parliamentary Questions 14647/19, 17527/19, 28052/19 and 35780/19 on this matter.  The rent supplement claim for the person concerned was reviewed in April 2019 and the payment awarded was based on the application and documentation submitted by the person concerned.

My Department has not been made aware of any change in circumstances since the last review was undertaken.  If there has been a change of circumstances since the last review, such as an increase in rent, it is open to the person concerned to contact my Department to seek a review of their rent supplement entitlement.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.