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Q. I am separated from my partner. Our two children come and stay with me one night a week. I am getting Rent Supplement and I’d like to rent a larger apartment to accommodate them. Can I qualify for a higher Rent Supplement payment?
When you apply for Rent Supplement the Department of Social
Protection must be satisfied that the apartment or house is
reasonably suited to your residential and other needs. In general,
if parents have joint custody of a child, the needs of both parents
to have adequate accommodation to look after the child are taken
into account when assessing an application for RS. Joint custody
generally means that children spend an equal amount of time with
each parent. If this is the case the Department will usually look
for documentation showing that a joint custody arrangement is in
place and in operation before a decision can be made.
Citizens Information: Buncrana 074 9363496; Carndonagh 074 9373741