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KUWAIT CITY, June 11: In a remarkable indication of the increase in the money spent on rent allowance, an informed source in the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) revealed to Al-Qabas that the total beneficiaries of the rent allowance during the first half of this year were approximately 135,000 citizens and that the total money disbursed was 121 million dinars.
The source added that the rent allowance item witnessed a rise during the past 30 years by a very big percentage, as the money disbursed for 1992 and 1993 increased by up to 10 million dinars annually. The source stated there are requirements and mechanisms set by the PAHW for the payment of rent allowance to eligible citizens, and that the recipient of the rent allowance must submit the documents when opening a new housing care file that qualifies the citizen for this entitlement.
The source stated that those entitled to the rent allowance must notify the PAHW of all changes that occur to their social and employment status, real estate ownership or the lapse of any eligibility condition, explaining that the authority has links with more than 11 government institutions with jurisdiction, to see any developments that occur in the case of real estate and social ownership. The source concluded that the PAHW is keen to redirect the rent allowance to its beneficiaries through data update and electronic linking operations that sort out undeserved cases, including those who divorced and don’t have children.