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# Social Protection

Last month
January 2024
Social Protection Minister publishes Bill reforming child maintenance to benefit lone parents
'Landmark' reforms to child maintenance system to benefit over 16,000 single parents
Last year
2023
Sliding scale of jobseekers payment approved with PRSI hikes on the cards
Government plans to extend child benefit to over-18s still in school as part of Budget
650,000 families to receive an additional €100 per child in benefit payments today
Budget 2024 will include social welfare payment increases, says minister
Unemployed who worked 5 years or more before losing job to get €450 per week under Govt plan
Minister indicates targeted and universal cost-of-living measures on the cards as talks intensify
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Proposed overhaul of jobseeker's benefit would directly link payment to previous earnings
Social welfare supports of €141.4m provided to Ukrainians this year
Ministers announce payment dates for social protection supports introduced in Budget
Some applicants waiting up to 8 weeks for emergency welfare payment
Govt won't be dropping motorway tolls as part of its plan to tackle the cost-of-living surge
A spokesperson for Minister Eamon Ryan has confirmed that there are no plans to reduce toll charges despite commuters facing crippling price hikes in fuel, reports Christina Finn.
Some in Govt circles say they are open to looking at reducing toll charges, but fear that such a proposal would not get past the Greens.
One Fine Gael TD says he is in favour of a toll reduction, saying it would help motorists that are under pressure.
Proposals on possible pension age increase to go to Govt before summer recess, says minister
Thousands of people with alopecia can benefit from €500 grant to buy wig
Up to €14,000 can be earned in rent by social welfare recipients under newly agreed rules
'Insanity': Criticism as unemployment benefit to be paid at post offices rather than online
One man said he now has to drive over 55km to a post office in order to collect the payment, which brings his fuel cost to between €45 - €50 a week.
Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys said that the return to post offices would help to support the network and tackle welfare fraud.
A Social Democrats TD said the idea that people in receipt of social welfare are going to defraud the State "has been debunked on several occasions".
Government to keep 'open mind' on committee recommendation to maintain state pension at age 66
Jobseekers payments to return to post offices following lifting of Covid restrictions
Christmas payment will be paid to 1.4 million social welfare recipients next week
New unemployment payment linked to past working history pushed out to 2023
Gardaí in Cork arrest and charge man for alleged PUP and social welfare fraud
Number of PUP recipients falls below 400,000 for the first time this year
'Sophisticated' scam involves people receiving phone calls from bogus department official
480,000 workers to receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow
Almost half a million people to receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow
Social welfare rights for UK citizens in Ireland and vice versa officially unaffected despite Brexit
Over 1.6 million to get Christmas Bonus this week, as those receiving Covid PUP drops slightly
Pandemic Unemployment Payment arrears to be paid to 286,000 recipients today
Heather Humphreys: 'If you're permanently unemployed, then you should be looking for work'
Over a million people in Ireland receiving some sort of State income support
Regina Doherty defends pandemic payment but admits system isn't 'perfect'
Tax revenues last month almost €1 billion lower than March last year
There have been 58,000 applications for the Covid-19 unemployment payment
Here are workers' entitlements if they are affected by Covid-19
Department boss says he's 'satisfied' the Public Services Card rollout is value for money
54% of women who had State pensions reviewed after 'cruel' 2012 changes will get more money
'Jobpath Macht Frei': Condemnation after 'extremely offensive' sign placed at Cork Welfare office
Here's what Budget 2020 means for people receiving social welfare payments
JobPath scheme extended by one year to help with 'labour uncertainty' from Brexit