Dáil Éireann - Volume 587 - 15 June, 2004

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

  613. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the annual amount paid by way of rent allowance in lieu of housing in each of the past four years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17880/04]

  Mary Coughlan: The supplementary welfare allowance scheme, which is administered on behalf of my Department by the health boards, provides for the payment of a rent supplement to assist with reasonable accommodation costs of eligible persons who are unable to provide for their accommodation costs from their own resources and who do not have accommodation available to them from any other source.

Details of expenditure on rent supplements in each of the past four years are set out in the following:

Expenditure on Rent Supplement for the years 2000 to 2003

Year

Expenditure (€)

2000

150.59m

2001

179.40m

2002

252.34m

2003

331.47m

[665] Questions Nos. 614 and 615 answered with Question No. 88.