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Local domestic violence groups welcome means test removal

Nov 11, 2021 16:11 By Shannonside News
Local domestic violence groups welcome means test removal Local domestic violence groups welcome means test removal
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The review was carried out by Minister Heather Humphreys.

A Leitrim support group is praising a government decision on the scrapping of means tests for domestic violence rent supports.

The measure, which was first introduced in August in response to the jump in the domestic violence rates during the pandemic, has now been made a permanent fixture by the Department of Social Protection.

It will allow victims to access rent supplement for three months to ensure they're not prevented from leaving their home due to costs.

A three month extension can then be applied for but will be subject to a means assessment.

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Carmel McNamee, Manager of DVAS, a domestic Violence support group that covers Leitrim, Cavan and Sligo has strongly welcomed the department's decision.

Speaking to Let's Talk today, she says the new system can help women in need in a matter of days.

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