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You can now receive up to €14,000 per year for renting out a room in your own home without it affecting your social welfare payment.  This does not apply to short-term lets (of less than 28 consecutive days). It also does not apply if you are renting to an immediate family member or someone you employ.

New EU regulations covering the enforcement of certain family court orders across the EU are now in place.

Ukrainian refugees in Ireland can now drive on their Ukrainian driving licences.

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The Accommodation Recognition Payment (ARP) is now open for applications. This is a tax-free payment of €400 per month for people providing accommodation to refugees from Ukraine.

The Regularisation of Long-Term Undocumented Migrants Scheme closed on 31 July 2022.  If you made an application, you will be contacted with a decision.

Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) programmes are closed to new applicants. You can apply for support under the National Childcare Scheme

From 29 August 2022, the universal subsidy under the National Childcare Scheme will be extended to children aged up to 15.    

Local authorities can increase a single person’s Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) rate to a couple’s rate if you can’t find accommodation within the HAP rent limits.   

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Tenancies of unlimited duration are now in place for new tenancies starting after 10 June 2022. .

The re-entry visa requirement for children aged under 16 travelling to and from Ireland has been suspended.

The Ukraine Support Centre in Cork can now  issue Temporary Protection letters for people coming to Ireland from Ukraine. International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS) has also announced that applicants will not get any more offers of accommodation after 2 offers have been refused.

There will be a further reduction to the PSO Levy that will result in an ‘indicative’ annual saving of €75 on a typical household electricity bill. As the government had already announced a levy reduction of €52, this means household electricity bills will have a total ‘indicative’ annual saving of €127, beginning in October 2022. (Estimated savings excluding VAT.)

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