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Humanitarian Assistance Scheme Open For Flood Claims

Applications forms and information about the Government’s Humanitarian Assistance Scheme for those households affected by floods in County Tipperary have now been published on the Department of Social and Family Affairs and the Community Welfare Service websites.

Minister Mary Hanifin

Minister Mary Hanifin

Outlining details of the scheme, Tipperary born  T.D.Mary Hanafin and Minister for Social and Family Affairs yesterday (1st December 2009) stated:

“This scheme is intended to provide financial assistance to eligible households who have suffered major flood damage to their homes. It is particularly intended to assist those households who are not in a position to meet costs for essential needs in the period immediately following the flooding.”

Click here for to download required Application Form.

So what is covered by this Scheme:

Damage to a person’s home and its basic essential contents, such as: carpets, flooring, furniture, household appliances and bedding, structural damage and medical treatment and supplies

What is not covered under the Scheme:

Commercial and business losses, Losses covered by any insurance policy and Loss or damage to private rented accommodation or local authority accommodation.

Minister Hanafin said that in order to ensure that assistance is targeted at those most in need, applications will be initially assessed and prioritised on the basis of a means test. The level of payment to individual households will depend on the severity of the damage experienced relative to the household’s ability to meet these costs.

Minister Hanafin said that while this scheme is not intended to provide full compensation for all losses and damage, “it will go towards alleviating the hardship which many hundreds of families have had to endure.”

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