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Penalties for people who fraudulently claim €400 payment for hosting refugees


Ukrainian refugees make the crossing into Poland

Ukrainian refugees make the crossing into Poland

Ukrainian refugees make the crossing into Poland

There will be penalties for people who fraudulently claim the €400 monthly payment for hosting Ukrainian refugees.

Existing social welfare legislation will be amended to include the payment, however senior Government sources said the amount of the fine and whether a fraudster will face prison time has yet to be decided.

Currently those caught falsely claiming social welfare may be fined or be sentenced to up to three months in prison.

Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman said there hasn’t been a “clamour” for the payment from people who have given up their vacant homes or spare rooms to refugees.

“The penalties that will be provided for under the legislation will be the normal penalties provided for under social welfare legislation in the event of fraud,” he said.

“Throughout the entire process, since we set up the pledge portal, there has never been a clamour, there’s never been a demand from people who have pledged accommodation for State support, it’s been done as an act of solidarity.”

However, he said there are “significant cost of living pressures” and ministers were keen to “provide support for families who felt they could do with this” and that is why the payment is on an opt-in basis.

It will be available to those who commit to provide at least six months accommodation to Ukrainian refugees.

Homeowners will have to provide their PPS number as well as those of the Ukrainians living with them and their Eircode.

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The payment will be given per property and will not increase based on the number of refugees living in the house.

Payments will begin to be issued via bank accounts from July through the Department of Social Protection and will be backdated.

Households will be able to receive up to €4,800 per year and it is believed that the Government has budgeted around €50m for the measure, which will be demand-led.

The tax-free €400 payment will not interfere with any other social welfare payments.


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