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
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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