Currently we're on rent allowance but thinking of trying to move over onto RAS. The Rental Accommodation Scheme. Been on rent allowance and the housing list for years (since 2004) I'm on a disability allowance and my spouse (who's my qualified adult dependent) is a full time 3rd level student. Per new rules on student grants my spouse from Sept will now only get about €1200 a year in grant payments. I'm starting as a mature student at UCC in Sept and I would get approx. €2300 (inc. a so-called "top up" grant) What I am trying to figure out is if we move off RA and onto RAS would any money above our basic SW payment mean an increase in the rent contribution we'd have to pay to the city council?
On RA we currently have to make up a difference of about €24 a week I think. On RAS that would change to having to make up a difference of about €41. Would only be worth moving from RA (a house) to RAS (an apartment) if the grant was not taken into consideration by RAS. Thanks.