SINGLE MUM ON SOCIAL WELFARE
A single mum of one child will get more than twice as much social welfare next year as she received in 2006, according to this paper’s analysis. This makes this individual one of the biggest winners of the Budget measures introduced since the height of the Celtic Tiger.
Let’s say you’re a single mum aged 28 who is not working and who has one child aged 10.
You live in a two-bed apartment in Dublin 1. You are not getting any maintenance payments or other financial support from the father of your child.
The total amount of social welfare payments you will be entitled to under Budget 2018 will come to €29,637 a year — or €570 a week, according to the INOU. That includes the jobseeker’s transition allowance of €198 a week (payable from March 26, 2018) and an extra allowance for your child of €31.80 a week, a housing assistance payment of €294 a week, a fuel allowance of €11.68 a week, child benefit of €140 a month (€32.31 a week) and the back-to-school clothing and footwear allowance of €100 a year (€1.92 a week), according to the INOU.
By comparison, a single mum with a 10-yearold child was entitled to €12,048 worth of social welfare payments in 2006 — or the equivalent of €232 a week.
You won’t qualify for rent supplement in Dublin 1 today — and you are unlikely to have done so in 2006 either, according to the INOU. This is because the market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Dublin 1 today is above the limits set for rent supplement — as was the case in 2006, says the INOU.
However, you should qualify for the housingassistance payment — a scheme which is expected to eventually replace rent supplement.