IRELAND 19 February 2017
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Rent supplements are paid to persons living in private rented accommodation who have difficulty in meeting their rent payments. Most recipients of rent supplement depend on welfare payments as their main source of income. Annual expenditure on rent supplements increased from around €150 million in 2000 to around €369 million in 2005. The Comptroller and Auditor General carried out an examination that identified the factors that gave rise to the rapid increase in expenditure, reviewed how well the scheme is managed and considered its future direction.