Cost of Housing
The cost of renting is said to have increased at a higher rate than average earnings in recent years.
For people on low incomes or who are unemployed, the state provides a contribution towards the cost of renting called Rent Supplement. The scheme was orignially designed as an emergency provision, but the latest estimates for 2011 show that there are over 98,000 people now receiving this payment - compared to just 43,000 people a decade ago in 2000. This scheme now costs the State €8.9 million per week and there are additional difficulties, as some landlords will not accept tenants on Rent Supplement. It has also been argued that the level of payment has not increased to keep pace with the general increase in the cost of renting.