Under the Cold Weather Strategy, dedicated extra beds are available for people who are sleeping rough and experiencing homelessness in the Dublin region during cold weather.
The Citizens Information Phone Service (0761 07 4000) experienced some technical issues yesterday, 12 January 2017. These issues have been resolved – our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Please note that the Citizens Information Phone Service (0761 07 4000) will operate from 9am to 6pm in January 2017 as a temporary arrangement.
The usual 9am to 8pm service will resume in February 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.
A new Help to Buy (HTB) incentive was introduced under Budget 2017. It is designed to help first-time buyers of newly built homes to assemble the required deposit. It also applies to once-off self-build homes.
It provides for a refund of income tax and Deposit Interest Retention Tax (DIRT) paid over the previous 4 tax years.
It is possible to apply for the scheme from today, 3 January 2017.
safefood has published a set of useful resources for Christmas, including a turkey cooking time calculator and Christmas recipes.
Dublin City Council has published a set of tips for fire safety this Christmas, including:
- Don’t overload sockets
- Unplug Christmas lights before leaving home or going to bed
- Place real Christmas trees securely in a sturdy base filled with water – metal stands cause trees to dry out and become flammable
The Citizens Information Board has become aware of mobile phone text messages that ask recipients to renew their Citizens Information Service subscription.
These text messages did not issue from Citizens Information and are a scam.
Citizens Information does not charge for services or operate a subscription system for services.
Anyone who receives an unsolicited text message relating to Citizens Information and who suspects it to be fraudulent or a scam should simply delete it.
Anyone who provided personal information in response to these fraudulent text messages should contact their bank or credit card company immediately.
The website of the Department of Education and Skills has details of school holiday dates over Christmas as well as all school holidays during 2017.
The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is a form of housing support for people with a long-term housing need. It is administered by local authorities and is being gradually introduced to replace long-term Rent Supplement.
Since 1 December 2016, HAP is available in 9 further counties – Cavan, Kerry, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.