Other Benefits and Supports
This page provides information on a range of other Benefits and Supports which may be available to Jobseekers.
- Housing Assistance Payment (HAP)
- Rent Supplement
- Medical Card
- Fuel Allowance
- Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BTSCFA)
- Christmas Bonus
The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is a form of social housing support provided by all local authoritiesfor people who have a long-term housing need. HAP means that local authorities can provide housing assistance for households who qualify for social housing support, including many long-term Rent Supplement recipients.
Under the HAP scheme you can take up full-time employment and keep your housing support.
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Rent Supplement is a short-term housing support paid to people living in private rented accommodation who cannot provide for the cost of their accommodation from their own resources. In general, you will qualify for a Rent Supplement, if your only income is a social welfare payment and you satisfy the other conditions. Rent Supplement is only intended as a shorter-term housing support, with long-term needs being met by local authorities through the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) or other social housing supports.
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A medical card is issued to residents of Ireland who are entitled to free or reduced-rate medical treatment. Those eligible fall below a certain income tax threshold or have costly ongoing medical requirements. Anyone over the age of 16 years who is ordinarily resident in the State can apply for a medical card but if you are financial dependent on your parents or guardians, they need to apply. If your only income is a means-tested Social Welfare Allowance, you will qualify.
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The Fuel Allowance Scheme is a payment made to help with the cost of heating your home during the winter months. Fuel Allowance is paid to people who are on a qualifying long-term social welfare payment. Only one application for Fuel Allowance is paid to a household.
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Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is a means-tested payment which aids families with the cost of clothing and footware for children starting school in the autumn.
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