Thursday, 21 November 2019

Ceisteanna (242)

Darragh O'Brien

Ceist:

242. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the average monthly rent supplement payment for each quarter of 2019 to date; the average monthly rent supplement payment for each county; the number of recipients by county for each quarter of 2019 to date, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48347/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Rent supplement continues its vital role in supporting families and individuals in private rented accommodation, with the scheme supporting approximately 17,680 recipients for which the Government has provided €132.4 million for 2019.

In recognition of the on-going rental market difficulties, the Department continues to implement a targeted case-by-case flexible payment policy approach that allows for flexibility where landlords seek rents in excess of the rent limits. To date, in excess of 14,200 cases have been provided additional flexible payment arrangements, having received support in excess of the prevailing rent limits.

Statistics in relation to average payments and the number of recipients supported by the scheme by County are provided in the following tabular statements:

Quarter

No. of Recipients

Average Monthly Rent Supplement

Q1 2019

21,959

€515.60

Q2 2019

20,156

€516.71

Q3 2019

18,265

€521.54

County

Average Monthly Rent Supplement Q3 2019

CARLOW

€350.14

CAVAN

€314.47

CLARE

€308.26

CORK

€450.49

DONEGAL

€227.57

DUBLIN

€634.17

GALWAY

€382.04

KERRY

€287.85

KILDARE

€508.44

KILKENNY

€380.46

LAOIS

€429.63

LEITRIM

€216.08

LIMERICK

€365.20

LONGFORD

€291.38

LOUTH

€378.62

MAYO

€243.87

MEATH

€479.51

MONAGHAN

€170.75

OFFALY

€252.08

ROSCOMMON

€277.28

SLIGO

€254.85

TIPPERARY

€275.10

WATERFORD

€261.18

WESTMEATH

€370.46

WEXFORD

€327.53

WICKLOW

€527.11

Rent Supplement Recipients by County Q1- Q3 2019

County

No. of Recipients at the end of Q1 2019

No. of Recipients at the end of Q2 2019

No. of Recipients at the end of Q3 2019

CARLOW

201

174

149

CAVAN

181

171

157

CLARE

98

71

63

CORK

2,573

2,466

2,255

DONEGAL

82

84

72

DUBLIN

11,381

10,526

9,627

GALWAY

1,011

905

822

KERRY

726

690

647

KILDARE

981

934

861

KILKENNY

110

95

88

LAOIS

207

165

128

LEITRIM

74

65

58

LIMERICK

448

412

386

LONGFORD

109

76

66

LOUTH

177

142

123

MAYO

324

289

276

MEATH

243

200

163

MONAGHAN

106

102

108

OFFALY

71

64

60

ROSCOMMON

207

180

151

SLIGO

72

67

66

TIPPERARY

225

220

188

WATERFORD

117

100

89

WESTMEATH

571

507

450

WEXFORD

683

572

486

WICKLOW

981

879

726

Grand Total

21,959

20,156

18,265