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Local authority staff in Kerry are to take part in training for the Housing Assistance Payment scheme.


The announcement was made by Housing Minister Simon Coveney in response to parliamentary questions.

The Housing Assistance Payment scheme is a new social housing support which will replace Rent Supplement for those with a long term housing need.

People who apply for the scheme must first be qualified housing applicants.

In reply to a question posed by Sinn Fein TD for Wicklow John Brady, Minister Simon Coveney said the implementation of the scheme is a key Government priority and its roll out is being accelerated as part of the Action Plan on Housing and Homelessness.

Training is to be provided in nine more local authorities, including Kerry, before the end of November.

The scheme is due to begin in Kerry on December 1st.

Some 13,800 households are currently being supported across the 19 local authority areas where the scheme is operational.

Minister Coveney said he is satisfied in general with how the scheme is operating.