Clare Recently asked the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton to review rent supplement which is currently causing grave hardship for many families:
To ask the Minister for Social Protection if she will review the low level of rent supplement being awarded, against the backdrop of rising rents, which is contributing to increased homelessness and tenants having to subsidise the rent by amounts in excess of guidelines.
Clare asked the Minister for Social Protection to scrap the proposed Gateway scheme which coerces long term unemployed into menial work for local authorities for an extra €20 per week. Click on the link below to watch:
I recently asked the Minister for Justice about the ongoing discrimination against social welfare recipients in regard to the rental housing market, see his reply below.
To ask the Minister for Social Protection the steps she has taken to ensure that in the guidance notes for the Pensions Board in relation to the recently enacted Social Welfare and Pensions No.2 Act that a scale of protection to recognise length of service, age, duration and varying contributions made, is included to protect members with long pensionable service and contributions; and that the Pensions Board are required to not just notify pensioners about reductions but to provide for negotiations and appeals. – Clare Daly.