Housing charity Threshold welcomes new rent supplement measures for young people

The changes apply to people under 26 claiming Jobseekers Allowance or Supplementary Welfare Allowance

Housing charity Threshold welcomes new rent supplement measures for young people

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New rent supplement measures will make a huge difference for young job seekers, according to a housing and homeless charity.

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has announced a cut to the amount people under 26 on welfare will have to pay towards their rent supplement.

It amounts to savings of up to €20 a week.

Under the new arrangement, a young person receiving a payment of €100 a week will see the weekly contribution to their rent cut from €30 to €10.

A young person of the same age receiving €144 or €160 a week will have their personal contribution cut by €10 a week.

Stephen Large from housing charity Threshold says it means more people will be able to afford to stay in their homes.

He explained: "Many of our clients - single people in receipt of rent supplement - have been struggling in recent times in terms of being able to access accommodation or remain in their current accommodation due to increasing rents."