People who claim Rent Supplement (also known as Rent Allowance) have to pay a contribution towards their rent every week. That minimum contribution is €30 a week for single people and €35 a week for a couple.
In Budget 2014 it was announced that the minimum contribution for couples will be increased by €5 a week to €40 a week.
This change will affect all new and existing claimants from January 2014.
The governent expect to save €6 million a year from this change.