Worksheet for calculating Rent Supplement
There are 6 steps to calculating your Rent Supplement. Use the document ‘Calculating Rent Supplement’ with this worksheet.
Step 1: Calculate your gross assessable weekly income from all sources.
|Social welfare payments (note that some payments, such as Child Benefit, are not counted or disregarded)
|Income from employment or training schemes
|Education and Training Board (ETB) training allowances
|Gross income from employment or self-employment
|Working Family Payment (was called Family Income Supplement)
|Maintenance (include all income from maintenance)
|Means from capital (for example, property, savings and investments)
Other means (including occupational or foreign pensions)
|Total gross assessable weekly income
Step 2: Find out what your income in excess of the Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA) rate is.
To do this you deduct the Over 65 disregard, the carer’s disregard, travel costs, PRSI and the appropriate SWA rate for your circumstances from your gross assessable income to find out what your income in excess of the SWA rate is.
|Total gross assessable weekly income (final figure from Step 1 above)
|Subtract Over 65 disregard
|Subtract Carer’s disregard
|Subtract travel costs to work
|Subtract appropriate SWA rate
|Income in excess of SWA rate
Step 3: Calculate the Additional income disregard or the Disability Allowance (DA)/Blind Pension (BP) earnings disregard (this step does not apply if you have no additional income or you are not working and getting DA or BP )
|Additional income = (A+B) - C where
A = Gross income from:
|B = assessable income from other sources:
|C = SWA rate for family circumstances
|(A+B) – C = Additional Income
|Subtract PRSI, pension contributions, income continuance
|Additional Income for disregard
If Additional Income for disregard is less than or equal to €75 this figure is the Additional income disregard.
If not do this calculation:
25% of subtotal
Add €75 + 25% of subtotal to get Additional Income disregard
|Disability Allowance and Blind Pension earnings disregard
|This is €165, if you are getting Disability Allowance or Blind Pension and your income from work is less than €165, use the actual figure
Step 4: Subtract the Additional Income disregard or the Disability Allowance/Blind Pension earnings disregard (choose the most beneficial one if both could apply to you) from your income in excess of the SWA rate (figure at the end of Step 2). This figure is your contribution from means.
|Subtract Additional Income disregard from income in
excess of SWA rate (from Step 2) or
Subtract Disability Allowance/Blind Pension earnings disregard from income in excess of SWA rate (from Step 2)
|Contribution from means (this is the figure at the end of Step 2 if you have no additional income or you are not working and getting DA or BP)
Step 5: Find your total weekly contribution to rent by adding your contribution from means to your minimum Household Contribution. If there are other non-dependent members of the household their contribution is included at this stage.
|Contribution from means
|Add Minimum Household contribution (€30 for a single person and €40 for a couple)
|Add Contribution from others
|Total weekly contribution to rent
Step 6: Find your Rent Supplement payment by subtracting your total weekly contribution to your rent from your weekly rent.
|Weekly rent (monthly rent x 12 ÷ 52)
|Less your total weekly contribution to rent
|Total Rent Supplement payable