May 25, 2020
Covid-19 rent supplement scheme should be extended to the end of 2020 – Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on the Minster for Social Protection to announce an extension of the Covid-19 rent supplement scheme to the end of 2020. The call comes as figures released via Parliamentary Question show a 20% increase in rent supplement payments since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said:

“New figures released to me via Parliamentary Question show there are now 19,200 people in receipt of the rent supplement payment.

“Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, 3,800 additional household are in receipt of rent supplement payments, with a further 1,400 waiting for their claims to be processed.

“This is despite the governments refusal to promote the scheme and its reluctance to let the public know of the changes they made to the scheme in order to make it easier to access and administer.

“In fact, I had to force the Minister via the FOI process to reveal the content of a Departmental circular that outlined the changes that had been made to the scheme.

“These changes include a significantly shorter application form and applicants must now show that they have lost income due to the pandemic, instead of working less than 30 hours. There is also greater flexibility around the length of tenancy and payment rates.

“It is deeply disappointing that the Minister for Social Protection refused, after calls from SAFE Ireland and other domestic violence organisations, to make further changes to the eligibility criteria for victims of domestic violence who urgently need to source alternative accommodation.

“It is important that renters know about this scheme so they can avoid racking up rental debt that will have to be dealt with post Covid-19. It is clear that the Minister must now extend access to the Covid-19 rent supplement scheme until at least the end of 2020.

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

Teachers deserve a fair pay deal that reflects their incredible work and commitment to our young people.

@ChrisHazzardSF joined with a delegation of teachers from the North to hand in a letter to the British Prime Minister calling for an immediate pay deal for workers.

Education workers deserve fair pay & working conditions.

With one party’s boycott of the Executive ongoing, the British Govt must urgently bring forward a pay deal for workers here.

We need an Executive restored now, & all parties working together to support workers & services.

In any other walk of life the person presiding over such a colossal failure would be sacked. The Minister for Justice is clearly not the person to restore people's confidence in public safety and she should resign.

@loreillysf #Dáil

Children’s Ombudsman calls for improvement in children’s mental health - Mark Ward TD

“The solutions are there, they just need the political will behind them. Our young people deserve better.”


Load More