Thursday, 30 April 2009
Social Welfare Benefits.
Mary Hanafin (Minister, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
One of the reasons for the decision to reduce rent supplement was the substantial decline in rents throughout the country. Rented accommodation has also become much more widely available. Landlords are aware that existing tenants have a choice. Losing a tenant imposes costs on landlords because they must prepare accommodation for new tenants and then find them. They would prefer to hold on to current tenants rather than go through such a process.