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Daily Expenses Allowance (SWA)

From: Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

What the Daily Expenses Allowance is

From 30 June 2018, applicants for International Protection in Ireland have entitlements under the EU (recast) Reception Conditions Directive. Material reception conditions (that is housing, food and associated benefits) are provided to applicants for International Protection at accommodation provided for by the Reception and Integration Agency.

If you are an applicant for International Protection and live in accommodation provided by the Reception and Integration Agency while awaiting the decision on your application, you are entitled to receive the Daily Expenses Allowance.

How to qualify

The allowance is payable to all applicants for International Protection who live in accommodation provided by the Reception and Integration Agency.

You will require a Personal Public Service (PPS) Number to access supports from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protrection.

To obtain a PPS Number, you should attend your local PPS Number Registration Centre.

You will be advised if any local arrangements are in place for the allocation of PPS Numbers for residents of your accommodation centre.

Rates of payment

The rate of the allowance is €38.80 per week for an adult and €29.80 per week for a child.

Apply

You should contact the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection's Community Welfare Service at your local office.

Details of your local Community Welfare Service contact are also available at your accommodation centre.

An application form is available from your local office.

Other Information

You may be entitled to an Exceptional Needs Payment.

If you have permission to access the labour market you may access the department’s Public Employment Service.

If you have permission to access the labour market and are in employment, you may qualify for Working Family Payment. This is a weekly tax-free payment available to employees with children.