Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Ceisteanna (230)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

230. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if social welfare payments can be used when determining income levels in order to qualify under the Rebuilding Ireland loan scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10285/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

The Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan is not, as a general rule, available to those in receipt of unemployment or other social welfare benefits.  However, where there is a primary income of a waged or salaried nature, long term state benefit payments may be considered.  State benefit payments allowable are: 

- State Pension (Contributory);

- State pension (Non-Contributory);

- Widow’s / Widower’s Pension;

- Blind Pension;

- Invalidity Pension;

- Disability Allowance.

The long-term nature of the payment must be confirmed by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection or other relevant Government Department.  Independent confirmation is required in such circumstances.

Further information is available on the dedicated website, www.rebuildingirelandhomeloan.ie.