Thursday 23 March 2017

John Drennan: State forking out for vast range of 'exceptional needs'

John Drennan

John Drennan

Despite the cutting of the social welfare allowance for a Communion dress from €300 to €110, figures secured by the Sunday Independent reveal that the department of social Welfare will still supply exceptional needs payments (ENP) for an astonishing range of needs.

These include aid for the purchase of small items such as kettles, lost and stolen money, rent deposits and furniture.

Last year the department paid out €5.171m in funeral expenses on top of the €13m under the PRSI-based bereavement grant.

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