Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Dáil Eireann Debate
370. Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the position of a supplementary rent allowance for a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24758/07]
Minister for Social and Family Affairs (Deputy Martin Cullen): The purpose of rent supplement is to assist eligible people who are unable to provide for their immediate accommodation needs from their own resources and who do not have accommodation available to them from any other source.
The scheme is administered on behalf of my Department by the Health Service Executive. The Executive has advised that the person concerned left his local authority accommodation in July 2006 and moved to private rented accommodation. He applied for rent supplement in March 2007. The Executive is currently unable to process the application for rent supplement because the claim form was incomplete and requested documentary evidence is outstanding.
The Executive further advise that the Local Authority considers that the person concerned does not have a housing need because he vacated accommodation provided to him by the Authority. A decision on entitlement to rent supplement will be made when the person concerned provides additional information and supporting documentation as requested by the Executive.
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