Good news for those in receipt of Rent Supplement while under the age of 26 years. Their Personal Rent Supplement Contribution has been cut, with a saving of up to €80 a month for those claiming Jobseekers Allowance or Supplementary Welfare Allowance.
Single individuals or couples under 26 years of age and who were claiming Jobseekers or receiving Social Welfare Assistance, previously had to contribute up to €40 a week to their Rent Supplement Tenancy.
Under a new arrangement, a single person aged between 18-24 and receiving a payment of €100 a week, same will see their contribution to the weekly rent cut from €30 to €10, representing a saving of €20 per week.
A young person of the same age receiving €144 or €160 a week will also have their personal contribution cut by €10 per week.
This measure, which was much sought by organisations working with homeless people, is expected to ease the rental burden on young people, especially those in transition from homeless services into rental accommodation.