Sinn Féin bill seeks to exclude Hap from income calculations for civil legal aid

Senator Lynn Boylan says classing the housing support as income means many low-income applicants are denied free legal assistance

6th May, 2021
Sinn Féin bill seeks to exclude Hap from income calculations for civil legal aid
Lynn Boylan, the Sinn Féin Senator, said Hap was paid directly to a landlord by a local authority and so should not be treated as income. Picture: RollingNews.ie

Sinn Féin is to introduce a bill to stop the Housing Assistance Payment (Hap) being classed as income when determining eligibility for civil legal aid.

Established in 2014, the Hap scheme is a form of social housing support given to tenants in private landlord-owned properties.

Lynn Boylan, the Sinn Féin Senator, said Hap was paid directly to a landlord by a local authority and so should not be treated as income.

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