Minister Rabbitte has confirmed that the Humanitarian Assistance Scheme is available to provide support to those living in properties directly affected by Storm Fergus and the tornado in Leitrim.

Minister Rabbitte visits Leitrim in the aftermath of the tornado 1
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Minister Rabbitte visits Leitrim in the aftermath of the tornado 2
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Leitrim village

 

The Humanitarian Assistance Scheme prevents hardship by providing income-tested financial support to people whose homes are damaged from flooding and severe weather events and who are unable to meet costs for essential needs, household items and structural repair.

 

 

Commenting today, Minister Rabbitte said:

I saw first hand the impact of the tornado on Leitrim village.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was also in Leitrim Village to see the damage caused and I can now confirm that the Humanitarian Assistance Scheme is open and support is available.

If any homeowner affected by severe weather needs to access these supports, they can contact the Community Welfare Service by phoning 0818 60 70 80.

 

 

Recently the following increases in the income limits for the scheme were actioned:

€30,000 to €50,000 for a single person

€50,000 to €90,000 for a couple

€10,000 to €15,000 per dependent child

In dealing with emergency events the department generally adopts a three-stage approach as follows:

  • Stage 1 provides emergency income support payments (food/clothing/personal items) in the immediate aftermath of the event
  • Stage 2 involves the replacement of white goods, basic furniture items and other essential household items
  • Stage 3 is to identify what longer term financial support is required, including plastering, dry-lining, relaying of floors, electrical re-wiring and painting

Levels of payment under the scheme depend on the relative severity of damage experienced and the household’s ability to meet these costs, ensuring that the funding is appropriately targeted.

The income test for Humanitarian Assistance is more generous than that applied under means tested Social Welfare payments in general.

The basic principle of the income test is that individuals and families with average levels of income will qualify for assistance, including non-Social Welfare recipients.

The scheme does not cover risks that are already covered by insurance policies or cover business or commercial losses.

It provides targeted assistance to those whose homes are affected.

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