Supplementary Welfare Schemes

Overview Document Describes the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme including the basic payment and supplements under the scheme.

Supplementary Welfare Allowance
Supplementary Welfare Allowance is a payment to people that have no income. Outlines the conditions for entitlement to basic Supplementary Welfare Allowance including the means test.

Administration of the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme
Department of Social Protection representatives (formerly known as Community Welfare Officers (CWOs)) are responsible for the day to day administration of the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme. Find out about their role and responsibilities.

Exceptional Needs Payments
Exceptional Needs Payments are paid to people who have essential, once-off and exceptional needs that they cannot meet out of their weekly income. It can be paid for funeral costs and fuel bills. You must have little or no means.

Diet and heating supplements
Additional weekly supplements for special diets and heating requirements are available under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme.

Mortgage Interest Supplement
Mortgage Interest Supplement provides short-term support to help you pay your mortgage interest repayments. The Mortgage Interest Supplement scheme is closed to new entrants and no new applications will be accepted.

Calculating Mortgage Interest Supplement
Shows you how to calculate Mortgage Interest Supplement.

Rent Supplement
If you are renting privately and having difficulty paying your rent, you may qualify for Rent Supplement. If you qualify for social housing support, you should apply for the Housing Assistance Payment instead.

Calculating Rent Supplement
Shows you the steps involved in calculating your Rent Supplement.

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance
The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is paid each year to families on certain social welfare and other benefits. The scheme helps families with the cost of sending children back to school.
This document is in: Families and children

Humanitarian Assistance Scheme
This scheme provides emergency financial assistance to households who are not in a position to meet costs for essential needs immediately after flooding.

Rent Supplement and changes to your circumstances
If your circumstances change while you are getting Rent Supplement you may have your payment reduced or you may no longer be eligible for it. This document outlines what happens to your Rent Supplement payment in some common situations.

Rent Supplement limits
Rent Supplement limits are periodically revised. This document contains historic limits.

Urgent Needs Payments
Urgent Needs Payments are paid in emergency situations.These payments are not means tested but you may have to pay some or all of the payment back.