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#Social Protection

# social-protection - Saturday 3 September, 2022

Some applicants waiting up to 8 weeks for emergency welfare payment
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

Some applicants waiting up to 8 weeks for emergency welfare payment

Sep 3rd 2022, 12:05 AM 37,543 Views 71 Comments
  • 95% of applications are taking between five to eight weeks to fully process the payment.
  • The Additional Needs Payment can be used to cover basic necessities such as food, clothing, fuel, fixing white goods like washing machines and utility bills.
  • St Vincent De Paul says more resources are needed in frontline services so those in need can get payments in a timely manner.

# social-protection - Friday 10 June, 2022

Govt won't be dropping motorway tolls as part of its plan to tackle the cost-of-living surge
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

Govt won't be dropping motorway tolls as part of its plan to tackle the cost-of-living surge

Jun 10th 2022, 12:05 AM 21,455 Views 49 Comments
  • 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.

# social-protection - Wednesday 8 June, 2022

Proposals on possible pension age increase to go to Govt before summer recess, says minister
# Retirement
# Retirement

Proposals on possible pension age increase to go to Govt before summer recess, says minister

Jun 8th 2022, 2:47 PM 36,222 Views 50 Comments

The Pensions Commission has recommended a gradual increase in the qualification age from 66 to 68 over the next 17 years.

# social-protection - Wednesday 25 May, 2022

Thousands of people with alopecia can benefit from €500 grant to buy wig
# Wig Grant
# Wig Grant

Thousands of people with alopecia can benefit from €500 grant to buy wig

May 25th 2022, 2:55 PM 16,401 Views 9 Comments

The government grant will go to people who suffer hair loss due to illness.

# social-protection - Thursday 19 May, 2022

Up to €14,000 can be earned in rent by social welfare recipients under newly agreed rules
# Rent A Room
# Rent A Room

Up to €14,000 can be earned in rent by social welfare recipients under newly agreed rules

May 19th 2022, 3:23 PM 49,013 Views 61 Comments

The change means that social welfare payments will not be impacted for earning rental income under €14,000.

# social-protection - Monday 7 February, 2022

'Insanity': Criticism as unemployment benefit to be paid at post offices rather than online
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

'Insanity': Criticism as unemployment benefit to be paid at post offices rather than online

Feb 7th 2022, 12:05 AM 118,113 Views 121 Comments
  • 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".

# social-protection - Wednesday 2 February, 2022

Government to keep 'open mind' on committee recommendation to maintain state pension at age 66
# Pension
# Pension

Government to keep 'open mind' on committee recommendation to maintain state pension at age 66

Updated Feb 2nd 2022, 9:07 PM 36,028 Views 41 Comments

An Oireachtas Committee has said the pension age should not be increased.

# social-protection - Wednesday 26 January, 2022

Jobseekers payments to return to post offices following lifting of Covid restrictions
# Heather Humphreys
# Heather Humphreys

Jobseekers payments to return to post offices following lifting of Covid restrictions

Jan 26th 2022, 6:08 PM 19,913 Views 18 Comments

The measure will initially apply to new applicants before being extended to other jobseekers over the coming months.

# social-protection - Wednesday 1 December, 2021

Christmas payment will be paid to 1.4 million social welfare recipients next week
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Christmas payment will be paid to 1.4 million social welfare recipients next week

Dec 1st 2021, 10:18 AM 42,629 Views 57 Comments

The cost of this year’s Christmas payment will be €313 million.

# social-protection - Monday 12 July, 2021

New unemployment payment linked to past working history pushed out to 2023
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

New unemployment payment linked to past working history pushed out to 2023

Jul 12th 2021, 4:31 PM 38,265 Views 20 Comments

Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys said today that the plans will not be included in Budget 2022.

# social-protection - Thursday 13 May, 2021

Gardaí in Cork arrest and charge man for alleged PUP and social welfare fraud
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Gardaí in Cork arrest and charge man for alleged PUP and social welfare fraud

May 13th 2021, 6:02 PM 60,780 Views 0 Comments

The man is alleged to have claimed €8,000 in fraudulent claims spread across the PUP and social welfare system.

# social-protection - Tuesday 4 May, 2021

Number of PUP recipients falls below 400,000 for the first time this year
# Work
# Work

Number of PUP recipients falls below 400,000 for the first time this year

May 4th 2021, 4:13 PM 10,329 Views 22 Comments

Over 12,000 people have closed their claim in the last week because they have returned to work.

# social-protection - Thursday 8 April, 2021

'Sophisticated' scam involves people receiving phone calls from bogus department official
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

'Sophisticated' scam involves people receiving phone calls from bogus department official

Updated Apr 8th 2021, 12:45 PM 78,041 Views 22 Comments

The Department of Social Protection never requests bank account details from its customers by phone or SMS.

# social-protection - Monday 1 February, 2021

480,000 workers to receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow
# PUP
# PUP

480,000 workers to receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow

Feb 1st 2021, 10:26 PM 20,748 Views 17 Comments

Over 10,000 people closed their PUP claims last week.

# social-protection - Monday 25 January, 2021

Almost half a million people to receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow
# Covid Payment
# Covid Payment

Almost half a million people to receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow

Jan 25th 2021, 3:29 PM 21,449 Views 35 Comments

Construction is the sector that has seen the largest increase in the number of people receiving PUP this week.

# social-protection - Friday 1 January, 2021

Social welfare rights for UK citizens in Ireland and vice versa officially unaffected despite Brexit
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Social welfare rights for UK citizens in Ireland and vice versa officially unaffected despite Brexit

Jan 1st 2021, 1:44 PM 37,258 Views 46 Comments

A bilateral agreement covers a range of different benefits including those for sickness, parents, pensions and unemployment.

# social-protection - Monday 7 December, 2020

Over 1.6 million to get Christmas Bonus this week, as those receiving Covid PUP drops slightly
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Over 1.6 million to get Christmas Bonus this week, as those receiving Covid PUP drops slightly

Dec 7th 2020, 9:45 PM 36,018 Views 56 Comments

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be available until March of next year.

# social-protection - Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Pandemic Unemployment Payment arrears to be paid to 286,000 recipients today
# Money Owed
# Money Owed

Pandemic Unemployment Payment arrears to be paid to 286,000 recipients today

Dec 1st 2020, 12:43 PM 25,465 Views 22 Comments

Some cases progressed more slowly due to their complexity and due to inadequate or inaccurate information provided.

# social-protection - Monday 27 July, 2020

Heather Humphreys: 'If you're permanently unemployed, then you should be looking for work'
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Heather Humphreys: 'If you're permanently unemployed, then you should be looking for work'

Jul 27th 2020, 2:11 PM 48,219 Views 76 Comments

The decision to cut welfare payments after recipients’ holidays abroad has been criticised by TDs as unfair, misguided and discriminatory.

# social-protection - Monday 20 April, 2020

Over a million people in Ireland receiving some sort of State income support
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

Over a million people in Ireland receiving some sort of State income support

Apr 20th 2020, 2:20 PM 11,951 Views 16 Comments

Around 50,000 people currently receiving the unemployment payment are receiving income support for the first time.

# social-protection - Friday 3 April, 2020

Regina Doherty defends pandemic payment but admits system isn't 'perfect'
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Regina Doherty defends pandemic payment but admits system isn't 'perfect'

Apr 3rd 2020, 11:10 AM 35,830 Views 108 Comments

The social protection minister admitted that some students might be receiving more from the scheme than they would normally have earned.

# social-protection - Thursday 2 April, 2020

Tax revenues last month almost €1 billion lower than March last year
# Exchequer Statement
# Exchequer Statement

Tax revenues last month almost €1 billion lower than March last year

Apr 2nd 2020, 3:06 PM 23,070 Views 118 Comments

An Exchequer deficit of €2.5 billion was recorded in the first quarter of 2020.

# social-protection - Thursday 19 March, 2020

There have been 58,000 applications for the Covid-19 unemployment payment
# Support
# Support

There have been 58,000 applications for the Covid-19 unemployment payment

Updated Mar 19th 2020, 9:40 PM 47,147 Views 59 Comments

Minister Regina Doherty said 43,000 of those applications have been processed so far.

# social-protection - Monday 2 March, 2020

Here are workers' entitlements if they are affected by Covid-19
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Here are workers' entitlements if they are affected by Covid-19

Mar 2nd 2020, 9:23 PM 81,356 Views 41 Comments

The first case of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland was confirmed over the weekend.

# social-protection - Thursday 7 November, 2019

Department boss says he's 'satisfied' the Public Services Card rollout is value for money
# Controversy
# Controversy

Department boss says he's 'satisfied' the Public Services Card rollout is value for money

Nov 7th 2019, 8:37 AM 10,878 Views 24 Comments

The Secretary General of the Department of Social Protection is due before the PAC today.

# social-protection - Sunday 3 November, 2019

54% of women who had State pensions reviewed after 'cruel' 2012 changes will get more money
# State Pension
# State Pension

54% of women who had State pensions reviewed after 'cruel' 2012 changes will get more money

Nov 3rd 2019, 7:30 AM 52,340 Views 16 Comments

Changes to the State pension in 2012 meant carers who took time off work received less in their State pension.

# social-protection - Thursday 17 October, 2019

'Jobpath Macht Frei': Condemnation after 'extremely offensive' sign placed at Cork Welfare office
# Jobspath Macht Frei
# Jobspath Macht Frei

'Jobpath Macht Frei': Condemnation after 'extremely offensive' sign placed at Cork Welfare office

Oct 17th 2019, 9:19 PM 48,106 Views 63 Comments

The slogan “arbeit macht frei” is known for appearing on the entrance of Auschwitz.

# social-protection - Wednesday 9 October, 2019

Here's what Budget 2020 means for people receiving social welfare payments
# Budget 2020
# Budget 2020

Here's what Budget 2020 means for people receiving social welfare payments

Oct 9th 2019, 8:03 AM 89,931 Views 87 Comments

The INOU has said it is “very disappointing” there were no increases to Jobseekers’ payments.

# social-protection - Wednesday 25 September, 2019

JobPath scheme extended by one year to help with 'labour uncertainty' from Brexit
# Jobseekers
# Jobseekers

JobPath scheme extended by one year to help with 'labour uncertainty' from Brexit

Sep 25th 2019, 2:35 PM 24,635 Views 44 Comments

Controversy has overshadowed the scheme over the years due to complaints from users of the service.

# social-protection - Wednesday 10 July, 2019

'Cruel' State pension changes are still affecting thousands
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

'Cruel' State pension changes are still affecting thousands

Jul 10th 2019, 6:19 PM 52,343 Views 36 Comments

Despite government revisions, only 32,307 pensioners have received an increase in their pension, which is “significantly lower than expected”.

# social-protection - Friday 5 July, 2019

Regina Doherty 'can't guarantee' pension increases in Budget 2020 because of Brexit
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Regina Doherty 'can't guarantee' pension increases in Budget 2020 because of Brexit

Jul 5th 2019, 11:47 AM 15,624 Views 72 Comments

The Budget for 2020 will be announced in October – weeks before the UK is due to leave the EU.

# social-protection - Wednesday 20 February, 2019

Over 200,000 people have been through JobPath, but only 11,000 have held down jobs for over a year
# Jobseekers
# Jobseekers

Over 200,000 people have been through JobPath, but only 11,000 have held down jobs for over a year

Feb 20th 2019, 6:01 AM 23,492 Views 37 Comments

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says the government has a legally binding contract with the operators that it must honour.

# social-protection - Thursday 17 January, 2019

Committee told man on JobPath scheme had his CV amended against his wishes to conceal his ethnicity
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Committee told man on JobPath scheme had his CV amended against his wishes to conceal his ethnicity

Jan 17th 2019, 12:15 PM 38,950 Views 29 Comments

Private companies operating JobPath get over €3k for every jobseeker that makes it through the scheme

# social-protection - Friday 11 January, 2019

Same-sex couples will be able to use ‘parent’ on birth certificates under new law
# Parenting
# Parenting

Same-sex couples will be able to use ‘parent’ on birth certificates under new law

Jan 11th 2019, 11:06 AM 18,802 Views 105 Comments

The changes will resolve a number of difficulties in the registration of donor assisted births.

# social-protection - Wednesday 12 December, 2018

New laws banning zero hour contracts 'in most circumstances' to be in place in March
# Insecure Work
# Insecure Work

New laws banning zero hour contracts 'in most circumstances' to be in place in March

Dec 12th 2018, 10:38 PM 21,591 Views 40 Comments

The minister described it as one of the most significant changes ‘in a generation’.

# social-protection - Tuesday 6 November, 2018

Illness Benefit payments back to normal levels, says minister
# Illness Benefit
# Illness Benefit

Illness Benefit payments back to normal levels, says minister

Nov 6th 2018, 6:34 PM 17,957 Views 34 Comments

People began to complain of delays in payments back in August.

# social-protection - Thursday 18 October, 2018

'Unacceptable': Minister told Illness Benefit delays means some people have no money to buy food
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

'Unacceptable': Minister told Illness Benefit delays means some people have no money to buy food

Oct 18th 2018, 3:06 PM 16,204 Views 24 Comments

Howlin said calls to the Social Protection helpline have been going unanswered.

# social-protection - Wednesday 17 October, 2018

Efforts being made to resolve illness benefit payment delays, says minister
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Efforts being made to resolve illness benefit payment delays, says minister

Oct 17th 2018, 3:05 PM 15,405 Views 15 Comments

TDs said constituents have been in touch about the delay or cessation of customer payments since the new system kicked in.

# social-protection - Monday 27 August, 2018

Department's decision to monitor social media sparks criticism from advocacy groups
# Chilling Effect
# Chilling Effect

Department's decision to monitor social media sparks criticism from advocacy groups

Updated Aug 27th 2018, 10:00 PM 27,288 Views 70 Comments

Social media monitoring is one three media monitoring contracts being advertised by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

# social-protection - Saturday 21 July, 2018

Minister promises to take 'significant' action in the next Budget to pull thousands of children out of poverty
# Budget 2019
# Budget 2019

Minister promises to take 'significant' action in the next Budget to pull thousands of children out of poverty

Jul 21st 2018, 7:30 AM 16,837 Views 62 Comments

The minister gave a strong indication there will not be a repeat of the €5 increase in social welfare payments in the next Budget.

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