Thursday, 4 February 2021

Questions (133)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

133. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of rent supplement claimants on 31 December 2020, by local authority area; the average cost of a claim in each area; and the cost per week and in total for 2020. [6306/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Rent supplement continues to play a key role in supporting families and individuals in private rented accommodation, with the scheme supporting 19,700 active recipients as at 31st January 2021.

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 those who were renting, but whose circumstances have changed due to temporary loss of employment or income, can continue to meet their rental commitments.

Since the introduction of HAP, rent supplement continues to revert to its original role of providing short-term support to those who have become temporarily unemployed and require income support to meet their tenancy cost whilst they seek alternative employment.  Rent supplement's outturn by local authority and associated weekly costs are not maintained; however, a tabular statement providing a county breakdown and average monthly rent supplement tenancy costs for these counties are provided as at end December 2020.

COUNTY

NO. OF RECIPIENTS

AVERAGE MONTHLY COST

CARLOW

191

€414.3

CAVAN

192

€386.7

CLARE

132

€427.5

CORK

2,357

€516.6

DONEGAL

142

€329.0

DUBLIN

10,018

€690.2

GALWAY

831

€471.4

KERRY

739

€386.7

KILDARE

879

€579.4

KILKENNY

132

€552.8

LAOIS

124

€526.0

LEITRIM

62

€294.5

LIMERICK

446

€435.5

LONGFORD

64

€364.6

LOUTH

165

€571.6

MAYO

279

€317.1

MEATH

277

€665.7

MONAGHAN

117

€193.8

OFFALY

61

€345.7

ROSCOMMON

131

€364.0

SLIGO

138

€395.8

TIPPERARY

194

€344.5

WATERFORD

116

€369.0

WESTMEATH

392

€425.1

WEXFORD

411

€373.7

WICKLOW

714

€631.3

TOTAL

19,304

€587.6

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.