Originally Posted by sleepybobo
Sorry I cannot use this site prop - can anyone help with my Q below
Hi there, I am going to be a single mother in 5 months time. I am currently unemployed & on benefits with rent allowance of 66 per week currently.
I have to look for somewhere to live. At least a 2 bedrooms house or appartment in Dublin. How much rent allowance am I entitled to per month & how is this paid? Is it paid into your account? I now pick up my money in the post office.
I heard it is 95 per week? Is this right? would really appreciate help here to make me feel better...
Thanks a lot.
Your useing the site just fine! You dont say why you cannot stay in your current accomodation after the baby comes. Are you just renting a room in a shared house? If you want to move you will have to talk to the CWO.Tell him/her about the baby and ask him/her if you can look around for something else and find out from him/her what the rent limit is for a lone parent with one child. You must stay within that limit. The CWO might tell you that you will have to wait until the baby is here
Also the rent limit for one child is unlikely to get you a 2 bedroomed apartment/house. Ask the CWO if you can get help towards some baby essentials, buggy, cot etc. I presume you have a medical card. Happy home hunting.
ETA you will continue to collect your rent supplement in the PO, im sure, but discuss it with your CWO. I presume when the baby comes you will be applying for OPFP and Child Benefit both of which can be paid into your bank account if you wish, as opposed to your Jobseekers which you have to go to the PO to collect. I dont know if rent supplement can be paid into a bank account, maybe another poster can jump in here.