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# social-protection - Saturday 7 April, 2018

Play golf on paternity leave? You're lucky to have time to breathe
# Mandatory And Compulsory
# Mandatory And Compulsory

Play golf on paternity leave? You're lucky to have time to breathe

Apr 7th 2018, 8:15 AM 1,191 Views 20 Comments

The government is reportedly considering making paid paternity leave mandatory for all new fathers.

# social-protection - Monday 2 April, 2018

'They knew I wasn't going to go away' - State in second climbdown as adopted man finally receives PSC eight months later
# Battle Of Wills
# Battle Of Wills

'They knew I wasn't going to go away' - State in second climbdown as adopted man finally receives PSC eight months later

Apr 2nd 2018, 12:05 AM 40,331 Views 64 Comments

The man has long maintained that, in being denied a PSC because he refused to get an adoption certificate, he was in effect being discriminated against.

# social-protection - Monday 12 March, 2018

Extra week of fuel allowance to be paid this week to over 368,000 households after cold weather
# Beast From The East
# Beast From The East

Extra week of fuel allowance to be paid this week to over 368,000 households after cold weather

Mar 12th 2018, 9:22 PM 19,472 Views 48 Comments

In total, an extra €22.50 will be paid to over 368,000 households.

# social-protection - Wednesday 28 February, 2018

Government will offer an extra week of fuel allowance during the cold snap
# Stay Warm
# Stay Warm

Government will offer an extra week of fuel allowance during the cold snap

Feb 28th 2018, 9:52 AM 26,836 Views 67 Comments

The decision means that fuel allowance recipients will now automatically receive €45 for this week instead of the usual €22.50.

# social-protection - Tuesday 20 February, 2018

You're going to need a PSC to get any kind of driving licence or learner permit from April
# Feature Creep
# Feature Creep

You're going to need a PSC to get any kind of driving licence or learner permit from April

Feb 20th 2018, 10:31 AM 92,187 Views 240 Comments

Driving licence applications will become the latest state process to be added to the Public Services Card’s remit in just under seven weeks.

# social-protection - Thursday 8 February, 2018

'We are trying to sound the alarm' - committee hears Public Services Card is a legal ticking time bomb
# Grave Concerns
# Grave Concerns

'We are trying to sound the alarm' - committee hears Public Services Card is a legal ticking time bomb

Feb 8th 2018, 1:34 PM 61,100 Views 144 Comments

The Public Services Card was discussed for the first time in an Oireachtas forum at the Social Protection committee today.

# social-protection - Saturday 3 February, 2018

Almost one in six Irish households is jobless
# Poverty Line
# Poverty Line

Almost one in six Irish households is jobless

Feb 3rd 2018, 6:14 PM 34,690 Views 140 Comments

The rate refers to households where no adult is working.

# social-protection - Sunday 21 January, 2018

"It is the worst form of humiliation" - Woman denied Public Services Card due to adopted status
# PSC
# PSC

"It is the worst form of humiliation" - Woman denied Public Services Card due to adopted status

Jan 21st 2018, 12:05 AM 60,931 Views 108 Comments

“I just burst out crying,” the 50-year-old woman says. “I really think this is the highest form of discrimination.”

# social-protection - Friday 5 January, 2018

3,000 delayed fuel allowance payments to be received next week
# Technical Glitch
# Technical Glitch

3,000 delayed fuel allowance payments to be received next week

Jan 5th 2018, 4:10 PM 10,444 Views 5 Comments

The technical glitch that caused the issue has been resolved.

# social-protection - Tuesday 26 December, 2017

County breakdown: Government paid out over €4 million to help cover costs of funerals
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

County breakdown: Government paid out over €4 million to help cover costs of funerals

Dec 26th 2017, 7:30 AM 14,519 Views 47 Comments

Exceptional needs payments can be made under the supplementary welfare allowance scheme.

# social-protection - Thursday 7 December, 2017

Department of Social Protection admits wording of welfare cheats campaign was a mistake
# Mistake
# Mistake

Department of Social Protection admits wording of welfare cheats campaign was a mistake

Dec 7th 2017, 8:09 PM 34,089 Views 97 Comments

The Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All campaign was launched by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in April of this year.

# social-protection - Monday 4 December, 2017

Pensioner says she fears she'll be homeless at Christmas after social welfare payments suspended
# High Court
# High Court

Pensioner says she fears she'll be homeless at Christmas after social welfare payments suspended

Dec 4th 2017, 5:30 PM 34,775 Views 0 Comments

She was told she was being investigated by the Department of Social Protection and the payments were being suspended.

# social-protection - Wednesday 18 October, 2017

'I found myself shouting at the radio': War of words between Doherty and O'Dea on pension motion
# Fighting Words
# Fighting Words

'I found myself shouting at the radio': War of words between Doherty and O'Dea on pension motion

Oct 18th 2017, 10:30 AM 23,967 Views 107 Comments

The Government looks set to lose a vote in the Dáil.

# social-protection - Saturday 7 October, 2017

Bring JobPath fraud claims to me and I'll investigate, says minister
# Jobseekers
# Jobseekers

Bring JobPath fraud claims to me and I'll investigate, says minister

Oct 7th 2017, 7:30 AM 20,293 Views 28 Comments

Catherine MurphyTD has raised serious concerns in the Dáil regarding the activation programme, JobPath.

# social-protection - Wednesday 4 October, 2017

FactFind: How does Ireland's jobseeker's benefit compare to the rest of the EU?
# Factfind
# Factfind

FactFind: How does Ireland's jobseeker's benefit compare to the rest of the EU?

Oct 4th 2017, 10:00 PM 61,014 Views 108 Comments

One of the Budget talking points will be how our social welfare benefits compare to our EU counterparts.

# social-protection - Friday 29 September, 2017

Six people were wrongly paid over €200,000 in social welfare
# Overpayments
# Overpayments

Six people were wrongly paid over €200,000 in social welfare

Sep 29th 2017, 7:42 PM 39,625 Views 106 Comments

The six cases have all been reported to gardaí.

# social-protection - Sunday 3 September, 2017

It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC?
# Wherefore Art Thou
# Wherefore Art Thou

It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC?

Sep 3rd 2017, 9:00 PM 21,444 Views 100 Comments

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe is as culpable as anyone when it comes to the furore surrounding the Public Services Card. So why is he keeping such a low profile?

# social-protection - Sunday 27 August, 2017

State pension bump of €5 being considered ahead of Budget 2018
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

State pension bump of €5 being considered ahead of Budget 2018

Aug 27th 2017, 2:26 PM 19,916 Views 84 Comments

An across-the-board increase is reportedly being considered.

# social-protection - Friday 21 July, 2017

People can now get the fuel allowance in two lump sums (rather than every week)
# This Is New
# This Is New

People can now get the fuel allowance in two lump sums (rather than every week)

Jul 21st 2017, 3:04 PM 35,893 Views 90 Comments

The news was welcomed by a number of parties.

# social-protection - Saturday 15 July, 2017

Pretty soon you're going to need this card to do a whole load of important things in Ireland - but why?
# Big Brother
# Big Brother

Pretty soon you're going to need this card to do a whole load of important things in Ireland - but why?

Jul 15th 2017, 12:05 AM 148,995 Views 157 Comments

Applying for a passport and a driver’s licence will soon require the Public Services Card – but that’s only the beginning.

# social-protection - Monday 3 July, 2017

Parents urged to apply for increased Back to School Clothing allowance
# Helping Hand
# Helping Hand

Parents urged to apply for increased Back to School Clothing allowance

Jul 3rd 2017, 7:36 AM 27,212 Views 61 Comments

The department is launching an awareness campaign well ahead of the 30 September deadline.

# social-protection - Saturday 24 June, 2017

An extra 1,500 social welfare fraud cases have been reported since start of 'Cheats' campaign
# On The Rise
# On The Rise

An extra 1,500 social welfare fraud cases have been reported since start of 'Cheats' campaign

Jun 24th 2017, 3:19 PM 19,008 Views 101 Comments

There have been 4,859 reports received by the department since 18 April, compared to 3,322 in the same period last year.

# social-protection - Sunday 18 June, 2017

FactCheck: Did the government really save €500 million due to reported welfare fraud last year?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Did the government really save €500 million due to reported welfare fraud last year?

Jun 18th 2017, 12:05 AM 53,916 Views 76 Comments

No. No it didn’t.

# social-protection - Wednesday 14 June, 2017

Good news for parents: Back to school allowance is going up by 25%
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Good news for parents: Back to school allowance is going up by 25%

Jun 14th 2017, 6:25 AM 43,176 Views 56 Comments

Meanwhile, the weekly payments for those in Direct Provision are also set to be increased.

# social-protection - Friday 2 June, 2017

From poisoned chalice to top of the table, is Leo Varadkar now destined to be Taoiseach?
# Profile
# Profile

From poisoned chalice to top of the table, is Leo Varadkar now destined to be Taoiseach?

Jun 2nd 2017, 9:10 PM 32,531 Views 100 Comments

The Social Protection Minister could succeed Enda Kenny as leader of Fine Gael … and the country.

# social-protection - Wednesday 31 May, 2017

Leo's department said there was only one identity fraud case this year but there's actually been 11
# Carry The One
# Carry The One

Leo's department said there was only one identity fraud case this year but there's actually been 11

May 31st 2017, 2:35 PM 22,578 Views 62 Comments

Sinn Féin has called on the government to end this “dishonest welfare fraud campaign”.

# social-protection - Sunday 7 May, 2017

Government criticised over huge number of disabilities payments denied, only to be allowed upon appeal
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Government criticised over huge number of disabilities payments denied, only to be allowed upon appeal

May 7th 2017, 7:30 AM 19,769 Views 39 Comments

Last year 58% of applications for disability allowance were allowed after they were appealed.

# social-protection - Friday 5 May, 2017

Poll: Would you report someone you suspected of welfare fraud?
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Poll: Would you report someone you suspected of welfare fraud?

May 5th 2017, 10:00 AM 28,418 Views 137 Comments

The ‘Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All’ campaign is designed to encourage reporting of suspected or known social welfare fraud.

Reports of suspected social welfare fraud double after launch of advertising campaign
# Welfare Cheats
# Welfare Cheats

Reports of suspected social welfare fraud double after launch of advertising campaign

May 5th 2017, 6:05 AM 14,794 Views 81 Comments

Leo Varadkar’s department made €41 million in overpayments due to customer fraud in 2016.

# social-protection - Tuesday 2 May, 2017

Self-employed would 'pay more tax if they got extra benefits in return'
# Looking Into It
# Looking Into It

Self-employed would 'pay more tax if they got extra benefits in return'

May 2nd 2017, 7:00 AM 9,592 Views 32 Comments

Leo Varadkar said that the results of the survey carried out by his department would inform Budget 2018.

# social-protection - Sunday 16 April, 2017

County breakdown: 10,640 fathers have taken paternity leave since September
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

County breakdown: 10,640 fathers have taken paternity leave since September

Apr 16th 2017, 10:00 AM 17,221 Views 54 Comments

Dublin had the highest number of recipients, while Leitrim had the lowest.

# social-protection - Tuesday 11 April, 2017

Private investigator gave information from Social Protection Department to insurance companies
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Private investigator gave information from Social Protection Department to insurance companies

Apr 11th 2017, 1:08 PM 20,969 Views 19 Comments

Over 1,400 data protection complaints were made in 2016, up from 932 in 2015.

# social-protection - Wednesday 5 April, 2017

Self-employed? Here's what a psychologist wants you to know about work/life balance

Self-employed? Here's what a psychologist wants you to know about work/life balance

Apr 5th 2017, 3:12 PM 23,241 Views 0 Comments

If you work for yourself, these are must-reads.

# social-protection - Monday 6 February, 2017

It's now easier to take a career break without losing your state pension entitlements
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

It's now easier to take a career break without losing your state pension entitlements

Feb 6th 2017, 3:26 PM 24,999 Views 13 Comments

People will now have five years to decide if they want to pay voluntary contributions.

# social-protection - Thursday 5 January, 2017

Varadkar says lone parents can earn more under measure that kicks in today
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Varadkar says lone parents can earn more under measure that kicks in today

Jan 5th 2017, 4:54 PM 25,838 Views 61 Comments

Changes have been made to the One-Parent Family Payment and the Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment.

# social-protection - Thursday 22 December, 2016

Jump in reports of people allegedly working and claiming social welfare
# Fraud
# Fraud

Jump in reports of people allegedly working and claiming social welfare

Dec 22nd 2016, 4:51 PM 19,150 Views 59 Comments

The Department of Social Protection received over 20,000 reports of welfare fraud from members of the public up to the end of November.

# social-protection - Sunday 13 November, 2016

'Utterly appalling': Anger expressed at waiting times for carer's allowance claims
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

'Utterly appalling': Anger expressed at waiting times for carer's allowance claims

Nov 13th 2016, 7:10 AM 10,212 Views 10 Comments

More than 4,000 people are waiting for their applications to be processed, with an average wait time of 14 weeks.

# social-protection - Tuesday 1 November, 2016

Waiting times for social welfare payments vary from one week to 40 weeks
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Waiting times for social welfare payments vary from one week to 40 weeks

Nov 1st 2016, 6:00 AM 47,221 Views 30 Comments

As of 30 September, the average waiting time to receive a carer’s allowance was about nine months.

# social-protection - Tuesday 18 October, 2016

"Our view is that it has done the job it was asked to do" - JobBridge to be wound down from Friday
# Scrapped
# Scrapped

"Our view is that it has done the job it was asked to do" - JobBridge to be wound down from Friday

Oct 18th 2016, 4:49 PM 18,622 Views 72 Comments

Consultation will soon begin for a new job activation programme to take its place.

# social-protection - Saturday 15 October, 2016

'Don't scrap the USC - it's one of the fairest and most progressive taxes in Ireland'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Don't scrap the USC - it's one of the fairest and most progressive taxes in Ireland'

Oct 15th 2016, 9:30 AM 1,689 Views 158 Comments

David Gibney writes that if you scrap the USC, the revenue must be found elsewhere or we will face deteriorated public services.