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#Benefits

# benefits - Tuesday 14 August, 2012

Poll: Should wealthy parents be given the option to hand back child benefit?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should wealthy parents be given the option to hand back child benefit?

Aug 14th 2012, 9:48 AM 7,291 Views 157 Comments

Reports today suggest that wealthy parents may be given the option to return the €140 monthly payment. Good idea? Bad idea?

# benefits - Monday 9 July, 2012

Column: Reasons for making childcare tax-deductible are solid...
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Reasons for making childcare tax-deductible are solid...

Jul 9th 2012, 1:45 PM 41 Views 64 Comments

…So why is the Department of Finance dragging its heels on figuring out that this policy would be cash-positive for the State, asks independent TD Stephen Donnelly.

# benefits - Sunday 1 July, 2012

# benefits - Sunday 17 June, 2012

Junior minister under fire over 'no work, no benefits' call
# Welfare
# Welfare

Junior minister under fire over 'no work, no benefits' call

Jun 17th 2012, 3:31 PM 6,500 Views 42 Comments

Shane McEntee’s suggestion that young people shouldn’t get welfare unless they join a work scheme has been labelled “hypocritical” by a youth group.

Working costs parents up to €400 a week - provisional study
# Cost Of Work
# Cost Of Work

Working costs parents up to €400 a week - provisional study

Jun 17th 2012, 1:26 PM 5,298 Views 26 Comments

However, the costs fall dramatically as children grow older and begin school.

# benefits - Saturday 16 June, 2012

Just 10-20 per cent of people better off on dole, says ESRI
# Benefits
# Benefits

Just 10-20 per cent of people better off on dole, says ESRI

Jun 16th 2012, 10:04 AM 4,772 Views 64 Comments

The economic think-tank has revised the findings from a controversial working paper which it pulled earlier this week.

# benefits - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Richard Tol: This says more about the ESRI's professionalism than mine
# ESRI
# ESRI

Richard Tol: This says more about the ESRI's professionalism than mine

Jun 13th 2012, 9:09 AM 5,513 Views 51 Comments

The academic who co-authored the controversial article which was withdrawn by the ESRI said he stands over his findings.

# benefits - Sunday 10 June, 2012

101 prisoners claimed social welfare despite being behind bars this year
# Prison
# Prison

101 prisoners claimed social welfare despite being behind bars this year

Jun 10th 2012, 9:30 AM 6,801 Views 38 Comments

The Department of Social Protection has been cracking down on the number of prisoners who claim social welfare benefits while in jail.

# benefits - Wednesday 23 May, 2012

Man dressed as dead mother for six years in welfare fraud
# Fraud
From The Daily Edge
# Fraud

Man dressed as dead mother for six years in welfare fraud

May 23rd 2012, 2:03 PM 10,478 Views 25 Comments

New York con artist collected his late mother’s Social Security payments after her death.

# benefits - Thursday 1 March, 2012

Column: Here’s what it’s like to be one of the long-term unemployed
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Here’s what it’s like to be one of the long-term unemployed

Mar 1st 2012, 7:30 AM 440 Views 93 Comments

Losing friends and juggling bills as your confidence ebbs away – politicians don’t understand the reality of joblessness, writes Alan McMenamin.

# benefits - Thursday 23 February, 2012

Govt to launch plan to get people back to work
# Pathways To Work
# Pathways To Work

Govt to launch plan to get people back to work

Feb 23rd 2012, 8:25 AM 2,543 Views 26 Comments

Sustainable employment is the aim of the Government’s new Pathways to Work programme.

# benefits - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

Column: We should be giving jobless people the money we’re wasting
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: We should be giving jobless people the money we’re wasting

Feb 21st 2012, 7:30 AM 21 Views 50 Comments

The funds we’re currently spending on make-work training programmes should be handed directly to unemployed people, writes Aaron McKenna.

# benefits - Thursday 16 February, 2012

€645m saved through social welfare 'control measures'
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

€645m saved through social welfare 'control measures'

Feb 16th 2012, 10:20 AM 4,733 Views 100 Comments

Joan Burton says 982,000 individual claims have been reviewed, including savings of €60m from the ‘special investigation unit’.

437 jobseekers had payments cut for refusing employment help
# Jobseekers
# Jobseekers

437 jobseekers had payments cut for refusing employment help

Feb 16th 2012, 9:58 AM 10,192 Views 51 Comments

The jobseekers had their payments reduced after the Department of Social Protection examined around 2,000 cases of people who failed to attend two Employment Action Plan interviews.

# benefits - Monday 6 February, 2012

Those on benefits do not have enough for 'basic standard of living'
# Welfare
# Welfare

Those on benefits do not have enough for 'basic standard of living'

Feb 6th 2012, 8:31 AM 5,020 Views 135 Comments

A report being launched today highlights the difficulties of those in receipt of jobseeker’s benefit who do not have enough to meet their physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs.

# benefits - Thursday 2 February, 2012

'Magda' says Irish Independent story was 'completely not true'
# Magda
# Magda

'Magda' says Irish Independent story was 'completely not true'

Feb 2nd 2012, 10:18 AM 12,999 Views 93 Comments

The Polish woman at the centre of a controversial article which was mistranslated from a Polish newspaper has spoken out about her shock at the description of her life on the dole.

# benefits - Tuesday 24 January, 2012

New welfare 'profiling' to determine when jobless likely to find work
# Welfare
# Welfare

New welfare 'profiling' to determine when jobless likely to find work

Jan 24th 2012, 7:47 PM 5,496 Views 83 Comments

The new system aims to reduce long-term unemployment – and penalise people who refuse work or training.

# benefits - Wednesday 7 December, 2011

Infographic of the day: Budget 2012
# Budget 2012
# Budget 2012

Infographic of the day: Budget 2012

Dec 7th 2011, 12:13 PM 4,070 Views 6 Comments

The VAT increase, the Household Charge, cigarettes and alcohol – get all of the main points of Budget 2012 in two rather nifty infographics.

# benefits - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

Readers' Panel: Full-time carer
# Budget 2012
# Budget 2012

Readers' Panel: Full-time carer

Dec 6th 2011, 10:18 PM 1,528 Views 0 Comments

Ann Hughes had been concerned that Carer’s Allowance would be cut. The government left it alone – but there were other changes which will still affect her.

# benefits - Monday 5 December, 2011

In numbers: the first half of Budget 2012
# Budget 2012
# Budget 2012

In numbers: the first half of Budget 2012

Dec 5th 2011, 6:14 PM 6,708 Views 43 Comments

A numerical breakdown of where the government has cut €2.2 billion in spending,

Child benefit cut 'unfairly targets the most vulnerable'
# Budget12
# Budget12

Child benefit cut 'unfairly targets the most vulnerable'

Dec 5th 2011, 5:07 PM 3,475 Views 64 Comments

Larger families – who are already more at risk of experiencing poverty – will bear the brunt of reductions to child benefit, a charity has warned.

# benefits - Friday 18 November, 2011

Budget leaks: Social welfare to bear burden of cuts, Government tells EU
# Budget Leaks
# Budget Leaks

Budget leaks: Social welfare to bear burden of cuts, Government tells EU

Nov 18th 2011, 1:58 PM 8,093 Views 53 Comments

Leaked draft documents seen by TheJournal.ie indicate that the social protection budget will be heavily targeted.

# benefits - Tuesday 15 November, 2011

Column: That €600m we can save by tackling welfare fraud? It doesn’t exist
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: That €600m we can save by tackling welfare fraud? It doesn’t exist

Nov 15th 2011, 8:30 PM 109 Views 66 Comments

The Government trumpets the figure of €600million as a potential saving from social welfare fraud. Just one problem – the real figure is €26million, writes Michael Taft.

# benefits - Monday 14 November, 2011

# benefits - Sunday 2 October, 2011

# benefits - Thursday 22 September, 2011

Sick notes from doctors costing government €29million a year
# Medical Certs
# Medical Certs

Sick notes from doctors costing government €29million a year

Sep 22nd 2011, 7:37 AM 603 Views 10 Comments

Labour’s Kevin Humphreys has called for medical cert payments to be stopped after the €550,000-a-week bill emerged.

# benefits - Monday 18 July, 2011

New rules mean 55 people have dole cut with more to come
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

New rules mean 55 people have dole cut with more to come

Jul 18th 2011, 11:25 AM 2,126 Views 49 Comments

Joan Burton wants to target those for whom welfare is a “lifestyle choice”.

# benefits - Sunday 24 April, 2011

Poll: Is it right to cut benefits for those who refuse work or training?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Is it right to cut benefits for those who refuse work or training?

Apr 24th 2011, 3:04 PM 4,555 Views 0 Comments

Joan Burton has proposed that dole claimants have their payments docked if they refuse training or offers of work but is it right to do this?