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Ó Snodaigh calls for revision of rent supplement levels

15 May, 2013 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Speaking in the Dáil today, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social Protection Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh called on the Department of Social Protection to revise the rent supplement caps in the Dublin area to adequately address the needs of those who are dependent on social welfare and in very vulnerable housing situations.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said;

“More and more people dependent on social welfare payments are in situations where they cannot get accommodation and are ending up homeless or staying in severely overcrowded situations. This is moving towards the slums of the past.

“I am calling on the Department of Social Protection in part to tackle the illegal top-up of rent supplement which landlords are demanding off tenants now so they can recoup the difference between the maximum rent cap that the Department allows and what they actually want to charge.

“These under the counter payments are growing as less suitable rented accommodation is available, especially in the Dublin area. The demands being made by these landlords are only pushing people further in to poverty and the Department has a responsibility to address this.”

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