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Fund to assist flooding victims

The Government through the Department of Social Protection has agreed to set up a humanitarian assistance scheme with an allocation of €10 million to provide means-tested finacial support to people who have suffered damage to their homes as a result of the recent flooding.

The main details of the Humanitarian Assistance Fund are as follows:

  • It will be administered on the ground by staff from the Department of Social Protection (former Community Welfare Officers),
  • It will provide hardship alleviation assistance, as opposed to full compensation, to householders affected by the flooding.
  • Damage to a person's home and its basic contents, such as carpets, flooring, furniture, household appliances and bedding, will be the main criteria. Structural damage may also be considered.
  • Eligibility will be subject to a means test.
  • Assistance will not be given for losses which are covered by insurance.
  • Commercial and business losses will not qualify for humanitarian assistance.
  • Applications will be prioritised so that the most urgent ones can be dealt with very quickly.

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