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People receiving housing support from Kildare County Council should have to pay less because of the significant increase in home heating costs, especially prepay electricity.
A group of Fianna Fáil councillors called on KCC to make an adjustment to the HAP tenant contribution for the winter period.
Under HAP (housing assistance payments)the council makes a monthly contribution to a private landlord while the tenant makes a weekly payment of the council.
KCC will write to the Department of Housing but official Annette Aspell pointed out that a weekly fuel allowance of €28 is payable to long term social welfare recipients. This started on September 28 and will continue for 28 weeks.
Cllr Suzanne Doyle said not all HAP tenants receive a social welfare payment and said many are using pre-pay electricity “which is expensive.”
She also said some of the homes are expensive to heat and she argued that some relief should be provided for those using pre-pay power because “they are in a difficult situation” and rising inflation means more expensive energy costs.
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