Taoiseach confirms the €400 payment for households hosting Ukrainian refugees will be increased

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed that the monthly payment of 400 euros for households hosting Ukrainian refugees will increase.

The government issued a payment earlier this year to help families pay the bills if they decide to take in a refugee.

However, Micheál Martin said that this is now to be increased outside of the budget.

“It was never intended to cover all costs, it was a recognition payment for those who generously provided housing for Ukrainians and that is being looked into by the Children’s Department.

“The expectation is that there will be an increased supply there because you have to take into account the increase in energy prices,” he said.

However, the payment will be increased “regardless” of the budget.

“This is an issue that is being independently reviewed,” said Mr. Martin.

Households hosting Ukrainian refugees will receive the €400-a-month payment, but government sources say it does little to meet rising energy bills and other expenses related to hosting refugees.

The payment was also introduced earlier this year as an incentive to encourage people to take in Ukrainian refugees after half of over 20,000 housing pledges were missed.

A senior source said increasing the payment might encourage people to take in Ukrainian refugees.

The country has run out of shelters for Ukrainian refugees and asylum-seekers from other countries, and migrants arriving at Dublin Airport in recent days have been told no shelter is available.

The government hopes that increasing the payment could encourage people to host a refugee in their home.

Over 40,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Ireland since Russia invaded Ukraine.

https://www.independent.ie/news/taoiseach-confirms-400-payment-for-households-taking-in-ukrainian-refugees-to-be-increased-41976625.html Taoiseach confirms the €400 payment for households hosting Ukrainian refugees will be increased

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