Young people on welfare to pay €100 less for rent under new plan
Young people getting the rent supplement could save up to €100 a month in the personal contribution they have to make under new plans by Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar.
Under-26s who claim Jobseeker's Allowance or Supplementary Welfare Allowance will see a cut to their contributions to their rent. Previously, individuals or couples had to chip in up to €40 a week to part-cover their rent.
One example of the new arrangement will see those aged between 18 and 24 have their contribution cut from €30 to €10. That represents a saving of €100 in a five-week month.
"This measure will help to ease the rental burden on young people on welfare," Mr Varadkar said.
"This matter has also been sought by organisations working with homeless people. It's expected to help young people to transition from homeless services and into rented accommodation."
Separately, he announced that the Social Insurance Fund, paid for by employers, employees and from self-employed PRSI contributions, will finish with a surplus of €377m this year. That is the first time this has happened since 2007.
Mr Varadkar said he intended to keep the fund in surplus in the years ahead, while extending the range of benefits available to PRSI contributors.