Estimated rise in exceptional needs payments in Kerry

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Department of Social ProtectionIt’s estimated that the Department of Social Protection gave payments to Kerry people in exceptional need on more than two thousand occasions last year. The department may make a single exceptional needs payment to help meet essential, once-off and unforeseen expenditure. It’s estimated that nationally last year, almost 100 thousand individual payments were made at  a total cost of 31 million euro. In Kerry, an estimated 2,220 separate payments were made – an 8 per cent increase on 2014.