Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD has today welcomed the rent limit increases for those in receipt of Rent Supplement and Housing Assistance Payment.
Following a two year freeze, the announced increase means people who cannot afford the full cost of private rented accommodation will see an average increase of 27% to the maximum available payments from this Friday, July 1st.
In the greater Dun Laoghaire area the increases across the seven categories are as follows:
||Couple/One Parent Family with 1 Child
||Couple/One Parent Family with 2Children
||Couple/One Parent Family with 3Children
In addition anyone with an informal top-up arrangement with their landlord is advised to contact their community welfare service, as the Department of Social Protection will regularise these top ups in most cases.
Speaking this morning, Minister Mitchell O’Connor said: “This is good news for the people across the Dun Laoghaire Constituency who rely on housing benefits.
The programme for Government committed to increasing the rent subsidies in line with varying rents across the country. It has been a priority of the Government to bring this forward and as of this Friday, rent limits across the country will rise to a point that will give individuals and families access to housing that is so desperately needed but was previously beyond their reach.
In Dun Laoghaire, increases of between €80 and €300 will mean that those who qualify for subsidies will have greater access to the rental market and that those already in subsidised rented accommodation will have some security knowing that a rent increase will not automatically price them out of their homes”.
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., has acknowledged the result of the UK referendum on EU membership.
“The Irish Government respects the decision that has been made by the people of the United Kingdom in the referendum”, Minister Mitchell O’Connor said. “It is important to note, however, that although the decision is to leave the EU, this decision will not take effect for some time. As of now the UK is still an EU member, so our businesses can continue to trade with the UK on the same terms as before, and our citizens can continue to move freely on the island of Ireland, and to and from the UK. The precise implications of today’s result will now depend on the period of negotiation ahead, involving the UK and our EU partners. The Government has undertaken careful planning in recent months for the contingency of this result, and we will now take this work forward to ensure that we respond appropriately, and that Ireland’s interests are represented fully in the negotiating process.”
Minister Mitchell O’Connor continued “It is very important to emphasise that Ireland will continue to be an EU member, with full access to the single market and retaining all of our advantages for inward investment. We are committed to working within the EU to achieve the jobs and growth that are vital to deepening and broadening our economic recovery.”
“While there is a lack of clarity as to how the negotiation process will proceed, I will be working to ensure that there is certainty as early as possible on the terms of future trading relationships, including the extent of access by the UK to the EU’s single market. I have already held a meeting with Enterprise Ireland and IDA this morning to discuss our contingency plans and I will be in constant contact with them during the days and weeks to come. I, together with the enterprise agencies under my remit, will also be working to ensure that businesses, investors and potential investors in Ireland are fully informed of Ireland’s continued commitment to the EU, and of developments as they unfold. I have asked for a revised extended schedule of Trade Missions from IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland and I will be meeting both organisations again early next week.
Enterprise Ireland and IDA are going to be in close contact with their clients on the challenges and opportunities that this vote presents. ”