The rent supplement for people in County Kilkenny is being cut by up to 23%.
The rents will be no more than €590 a month, according to figures from the Department of Social Protection. This rate will be the maximum for recipients with three or more children. Those with fewer or no children will receive lower amounts in rent supplement.
The maximum rent per month for County Kilkenny under rent allowance for 2012 is €200 for a single person in shared accommodation, €230 for a couple in shared accommodation, €390 for a single person, €430 for a couple with no children, €540 for a couple with one child or one parent with one child, €575 for a couple with two children or one parent with two children, and €590 for a couple with three children or one parent with three children.
They are the same rates as in Laois, Meath, and Offaly. The rates in 11 council areas are higher – including Carlow, Cork, Galway, Kildare and Louth – while the rates in 13 areas are lower, including Tipperary north and south, Longford, Leitrim and Kerry.
For Kilkenny the rate is dropping 23% for those in shared accommodation, 16.7% for a single person, 17.3% for a couple with no children, 10% for those with one child, 11.5% for those with two children, and 11.3% for those with three or more children. The average reduction nationwide is 13%.
“The rent paid to your landlord (that is, your contribution plus your Rent Supplement) must not be above the maximum rent level set for your county or area,” according to the department’s website. “The maximum rent level for your county is set by the Department of Social Protection. However, the Community Welfare Office may set lower rates within these limits. There is a maximum rent level for each area. If your actual rent is higher than the local maximum, you may be refused Rent Supplement entirely.”