A Supplementary Welfare Allowance supplement may be paid to assist you meet ongoing additional expenses which a person could not reasonably be expected to meet out of their weekly income.
Eligible people would normally be in receipt of a social welfare or Health Service Executive (HSE) payment. However, there is no automatic entitlement to such payments.
A supplement under the SWA scheme may be payable at the discretion of the department’s representative taking into account the requirements of the legislation and all the relevant circumstances of the case.
You may be eligible for a SWA supplement if you:
You won't normally be eligible if you:
The amount of payment you get will depend on a means test and the type of assistance you need.
You should contact the department'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:
A heat supplement may be awarded in cases where a person has exceptional essential heating costs due to ill-health or infirmity.