An Urgent Needs Payment (UNP) is a once-off payment made to persons who would not normally qualify for Supplementary Welfare Allowance but who have an urgent need which they cannot meet from their own resources or an alternative is not available at that time.
Examples of this would be to cater for immediate need in the aftermath of a fire or flood (excluding Humanitarian Assistance cases) in the provision of food, clothing or shelter.
Anyone may qualify for a special payment to meet an urgent need, for example, arising from a fire or flood. However, there is no automatic entitlement to such payments.
UNPs are payable at the discretion of department’s representative taking into account the requirements of the legislation and all the relevant circumstances of the case.
The amount of payment you get will depend on the type of assistance that you need.
Depending on your circumstances, for example, if you are working or when an insurance claim has been settled, you may have to pay some or all of this back at a later date
You should contact the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection's Community Welfare Service at your local office.
An application form is available to download here or from your local office.
To help process your claim, you should have the following: