Social Welfare Appeal G0027

Year: 2009

Type of Social Welfare: Rent Supplement

Deciding Body: Appeals Officer

The Appellant was in receipt of Rent Supplement (RS) which was discontinued by the Health Service Executive (HSE) following the Appellant’s rejection of three offers of accommodation by a local authority. The Appellant appealed this decision to the Social Welfare Appeals Office whereby it was found, in the circumstances, that the three offers of accommodation from the local authority were not valid offers for the purposes of the legislation, as they were unsuited to the Appellants situation. In addition, the rejection of the offers did not happen within an 18 month period. Thus the decision by the HSE to discontinue RS was invalid. The appeal was allowed and RS was awarded.