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Rent supplements to Environment for January 2013

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, told Aengus O Snodaigh (SF, Dublin SC) that she had set 1st January 2013 as the date for the transfer of the rent supplement scheme from her department to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Dail Eireann, Debates, 25th April 2012, 135-6).   A multi-agency steering group in that department was currently developing proposals and operational protocols for the transfer from her department of people with long-term housing need. There would be a detailed economic assessment of the proposal, the possibility of centralized management and reporting arrangements, consideration of an exchequer neutral mechanism for funding, as well as amendments to housing and welfare legislation if necessary.