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Jobseeker’s Allowance and Supplementary Welfare Allowance

  • The rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Supplementary Welfare Allowance paid to new claimants aged 20 and 21 is being reduced to €100 per week, with effect from January 2010, as has been applied from April 2009 to new claimants aged 18 or 19.
  • The rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Supplementary Welfare Allowance paid to new claimants aged 22, 23 and 24 years is being reduced to €150 per week, with effect from January 2010.
  • The full rate will be paid to those under 25 years of age if they participate in an approved training or education course.
  • 20-24 year olds with dependent children will not be affected.
  • The personal rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance and basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance will be reduced to €150 per week where job offers or activation measures have been refused.   Further details of this measure will be published in the Social Welfare Bill 2010.

Treatment Benefits

  • The Treatment Benefit scheme will be limited in 2010 to the Medical and Surgical Appliances scheme and the free examinations provided for under Dental and Optical Benefits (during 2010).

Rent Supplement

  • The minimum contribution remains unchanged. Rent limits will be reviewed to reflect reductions in private rent levels (during 2010).
Last modified:10/12/2009
 

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