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Written Answers. - Local Authority Rents.

Thursday, 28 March 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 463 No. 5

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 119. Mr. Ellis Information on John Ellis Zoom on John Ellis  asked the Minister for Social Welfare Information on Prionsias De Rossa Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  if he will introduce an amendment to the Social Welfare Bill 1996 in order to permit rents for local authority tenants to be paid direct by means of a deduction from social welfare payments. [6803/96]

Minister for Social Welfare (Proinsias De Rossa): Information on Prionsias De Rossa Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa There is legislative provision to enable local authority tenants to pay their rents by means of direct deduction from their social welfare entitlements. The provision is contained in section 240 of the Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act, 1993.

At present the deduction arrangement — known as the household budgeting scheme — is available to unemployed persons paid by means of [1444] the postdraft system at post offices. Arrangements are under way within my Department and with An Post to extend as a matter of priority the household budgeting scheme to lone parents later this year.


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