Individuals and families living in poverty will be left struggling in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, according to St Vincent DePaul.

The organisation has welcomed an increase in the Covid-19 emergency payment however it says it should be combined with an adequate accessible rent supplement.

While it commended the "swift action" of the Department of Social Protection, it made some recommendations including a temporary top up payment to the poorest children, an extension of the fuel allowance and a doubling of the social welfare payment.

Its National President Kieran Stafford has said that taking the right steps now, will reduce demands on supports in the future.

Separately, Dublin City Council and ALONE will work together provide support and assistance to older people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Along with Pobal and the Dublin City Age Friendly Alliance, they will streamline requests for help and ensure that vulnerable older people across the country receive the support and assistance that they need.

ALONE currently operates a national support line for older people that was set up in collaboration with the HSE and the Department of Health.

The line is active from 8am to 8pm seven days a week, and has received more than 3,300 calls to date.