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1. Description of Scheme
Under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance scheme, a special payment may be made to meet an urgent need, for example, arising from a fire or flood. These payments are known as Urgent Needs Payments (UNPs).
2. Qualifying Conditions
Anyone may qualify for a special payment to meet an urgent need, for example, arising from a fire or flood. However, there is no automatic entitlement to such payments. UNPs are payable at the discretion of Department’s representative taking into account the requirements of the legislation and all the relevant circumstances of the case.
3. Types of payments
The payments may be for items such as food, clothing, fuel, household goods, shelter etc
4. Rates Structure
The rates vary depending on the type of assistance required.
Applications for Urgent Needs Payments may be made to the Department of Social Protection's representative (formerly known as the Community Welfare Officer) at your local office.