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Parents may qualify for €330 social welfare payment after new rule change to combat cost of living crisis

Parents are eligible for a €330 welfare payment following a recent rule change, reports RSVP Live.

The Minister of Social Security, Heather Humphreys, recently signed new rules that will guarantee the payment of the Residential Assistance Allowance to the families of babies who remain in hospital after birth, reports The Mirror.

Previously, Home Care Allowance was only paid for babies who were cared for at home or who were subsequently admitted to hospital, but the new changes mean babies who remain in hospital after birth are also eligible for the payment.

According to a government release, around 100 children and their families will benefit from the change in rules.

In the 2022 Budget, the deadline for the payment of the allowance for children subsequently hospitalized was also extended from 13 to 26 weeks, reports The Mirror.

To qualify, your child must have a severe disability that could last at least 1 year and:

– are under 16 years old (at 16 the child can apply for the disability allowance)

– live at home with the alimony claimant five or more days a week. However, there are exceptions to this

– meet the medical criteria

– be an ordinary resident of the state

In addition, applicants for child benefit must:

– Provide childcare

– Usual resident of the state

Speaking of the new regulations, Minister Humphreys commented: “I’m really pleased to announce these important new measures, which will support parents and families during what can be an extremely stressful time in their lives. We have had situations in the past whereby children with a severe illness or disability have had to remain in hospital immediately after their birth. But up until now, Domiciliary Care Allowance was not paid in respect of these cases and this is something that I was particularly keen to address, reports The Mirror.

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