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Daily Expenses Allowance

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 European Communities (Reception Conditions) Regulations 2018.

If you are an applicant for International Protection and live in accommodation provided by the International Protection Accommodation Services of the Department of Justice and Equality (also known as direct provision accommodation) 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 International Protection Accommodation Services of the Department of Justice and Equality.

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

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

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

You should contact the Community Welfare Service at your local office

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 through your local Intreo Centre

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.