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Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 23 June 2020

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Questions (841)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

841. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of Covid-19 rent supplement applications received from 13 March 2020 to the most recent date for which figures are available; the number of claims in payment on the most recent date for which figures are available; the breakdown of these claims; the average payment by county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12253/20]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Rent supplement continues to play a key role in supporting families and individuals in private rented accommodation, with the scheme currently supporting approximately 21,200 recipients.

The scheme provides short-term income support, to eligible people living in private rented accommodation whose means are insufficient to meet their accommodation costs and who do not have accommodation available to them from any other source. The scheme ensures that for those who were renting, and due to temporary loss of employment, can continue to meet their rental commitments.

Since the introduction of the Government’s Covid emergency response approximately 7,030 customers have been provided rent supplement support and remain in payment; in addition, there are currently, approximately, 1,350 pending customers awaiting a decision or in the process of providing the necessary documentation to the officer dealing with their claim. Statistics in relation to overall approval/refusal rates in relation to the Scheme are not currently available.

The Department’s current flexible rent supplement response has been extended to end-August 2020 and remains under review within context of the overall Government response to the Covid-19 emergency.

The cases that are currently in payment and awarded from the 13 March 2020 by county, including the average rate of support, along with cases currently pending a decision (or documentation still outstanding) are provided in the attached tabular statement.

I trust this clarifies the position for the Deputy.

Table 1: Rent Supplement Awards Post 13th March & Pending Claims as at 15 th June 2020.

County

Awarded and in Payment

Pending Claims

Average Rate of Payment Support

CARLOW

105

22

498

CAVAN

113

13

454

CLARE

114

16

448

CORK

753

384

616

DONEGAL

120

7

377

DUBLIN

2,840

491

783

GALWAY

369

96

607

KERRY

287

35

538

KILDARE

334

57

790

KILKENNY

120

27

529

LAOIS

103

12

618

LEITRIM

34

2

349

LIMERICK

272

1

543

LONGFORD

37

16

383

LOUTH

117

21

647

MAYO

130

19

444

MEATH

200

18

732

MONAGHAN

51

4

418

OFFALY

44

7

475

ROSCOMMON

63

20

429

SLIGO

73

7

430

TIPPERARY

153

17

487

WATERFORD

37

10

257

WESTMEATH

126

1

541

WEXFORD

163

14

468

WICKLOW

271

27

672

7,029

1,344

657

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