Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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