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#Social Protection

# social-protection - All time

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 19,172 Views 58 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.

'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 10,260 Views 10 Comments

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

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 48,607 Views 30 Comments

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

"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 18,681 Views 72 Comments

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

'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 1,751 Views 186 Comments

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

FactCheck: How do jobseeker's payments here compare to Northern Ireland?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: How do jobseeker's payments here compare to Northern Ireland?

Oct 11th 2016, 8:00 AM 58,882 Views 108 Comments

In the Dáil last week, Leo Varadkar asked TheJournal.ie for a fact check. We accepted that request.

FactCheck: Did the last government cut payments to lone parents?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Did the last government cut payments to lone parents?

Sep 27th 2016, 7:07 PM 25,423 Views 77 Comments

FactCheck looks into a a controversial claim made by Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar on Morning Ireland yesterday.

'I believe that exploitation was rife in JobBridge': Former participants share their experience
# Rip Jobbridge
# Rip Jobbridge

'I believe that exploitation was rife in JobBridge': Former participants share their experience

May 29th 2016, 7:30 AM 20,006 Views 52 Comments

New minister for social protection Leo Varadkar announced the end of the programme last Sunday.

'Completely unacceptable': 21-week wait for carer's allowance claims to be processed
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

'Completely unacceptable': 21-week wait for carer's allowance claims to be processed

May 22nd 2016, 8:30 AM 36,800 Views 36 Comments

The Department of Social Protection said processing times vary for different payments, depending on the qualification criteria.

Postmasters call for Varadkar to halt electronic benefit payments
# Return To Vendor
# Return To Vendor

Postmasters call for Varadkar to halt electronic benefit payments

May 16th 2016, 9:30 AM 28,989 Views 69 Comments

The Irish Postmasters’ Union has said that the payments account for 30% of all business.

Galway and Cork make most claims for humanitarian assistance funding after flood damage
# Flood Relief
# Flood Relief

Galway and Cork make most claims for humanitarian assistance funding after flood damage

Apr 25th 2016, 6:00 AM 6,227 Views 3 Comments

Almost €900,000 has been paid out so far this year.

Joan's department recovered €83m in social welfare overpayments last year
# Fraud And Error
# Fraud And Error

Joan's department recovered €83m in social welfare overpayments last year

Apr 22nd 2016, 7:13 PM 21,177 Views 103 Comments

Nearly 360 fraud cases were submitted for prosecution in 2015.

Hundreds sign petition protesting against fox-hunting internship on JobBridge
# Blood Sports
# Blood Sports

Hundreds sign petition protesting against fox-hunting internship on JobBridge

Mar 10th 2016, 6:02 AM 21,814 Views 290 Comments

The petition was started by the Irish Council Against Bloodsports.

Tánaiste's head of staff is paid €52,000 more than pay cap
# L'Oréal TREATMENT
# L'Oréal TREATMENT

Tánaiste's head of staff is paid €52,000 more than pay cap

Dec 31st 2015, 10:20 AM 29,174 Views 112 Comments

A war of words between Labour and Fianna Fáil has erupted on the subject.

Under 26 and on the dole? Labour has some good news for you - sort of
# Show Me The Money
# Show Me The Money

Under 26 and on the dole? Labour has some good news for you - sort of

Nov 23rd 2015, 6:00 PM 34,572 Views 76 Comments

Young adults are currently paid a lower rate of jobseeker’s allowance.

The social welfare Christmas bonus is coming at the start of December

The social welfare Christmas bonus is coming at the start of December

Nov 23rd 2015, 5:15 PM 44,500 Views 121 Comments

It has been increased by 75% this year.

Here's how families will be affected by the Budget
# The Heartland
# The Heartland

Here's how families will be affected by the Budget

Oct 13th 2015, 3:48 PM 18,201 Views 39 Comments

Child Benefit is up by a fiver and the Respite Care Grant has been restored.

Should we cut welfare for the middle-class?
# Squeezed Middle
# Squeezed Middle

Should we cut welfare for the middle-class?

Oct 6th 2015, 11:38 AM 24,299 Views 108 Comments

That’s what a new right-wing think tank want.

Homelessness has increased since the action plan after Jonathan Corrie's death
# Rent Supplements
# Rent Supplements

Homelessness has increased since the action plan after Jonathan Corrie's death

Aug 2nd 2015, 7:25 PM 21,131 Views 108 Comments

An extra 172 families are now homeless since the action plan was published last December.

Social welfare screw-up left lone parent without child benefit
# Cut Off
# Cut Off

Social welfare screw-up left lone parent without child benefit

Jul 12th 2015, 7:30 AM 17,455 Views 71 Comments

The parent’s benefit payments were stopped after a screw-up involving someone else’s PPS number.

Today, our Government will condemn thousands of children to even deeper levels of poverty
# Opinion
# Opinion

Today, our Government will condemn thousands of children to even deeper levels of poverty

Jun 25th 2015, 8:30 AM 249 Views 124 Comments

Today is the last day of the One-Parent Family Payment for anyone whose youngest child is aged seven. Approximately 11,000 families will immediately lose income.

A woman was asked to pay the Dept. of Social Protection €105,000 after her mother died...
# Welfare Charges
# Welfare Charges

A woman was asked to pay the Dept. of Social Protection €105,000 after her mother died...

Jun 10th 2015, 12:32 PM 32,362 Views 28 Comments

The woman’s mother, who suffered from mental health problems, passed away in 2012.

€96m could have been overspent in dole payments
# Social Welfare Fraud
# Social Welfare Fraud

€96m could have been overspent in dole payments

May 28th 2015, 1:19 PM 22,139 Views 84 Comments

Also, 62 cases of people “claiming multiple identities” cost taxpayers a LOT of money.

Talk to Joan: 400 calls about dole and welfare fraud EVERY WEEK
# Suspicious
# Suspicious

Talk to Joan: 400 calls about dole and welfare fraud EVERY WEEK

May 26th 2015, 9:33 AM 16,746 Views 58 Comments

Over 4,000 case investigations were carried out by the Department’s Special Investigation Unit.

How much has Joan Burton's department spent on consultants?
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

How much has Joan Burton's department spent on consultants?

May 24th 2015, 9:30 AM 14,451 Views 46 Comments

It’s a bit tricky to arrive at an exact figure.

The government has a grand plan for unemployed construction workers...
# Grand Job
# Grand Job

The government has a grand plan for unemployed construction workers...

Apr 1st 2015, 2:35 PM 16,972 Views 95 Comments

They’re going to blitz construction companies with information about their employment services, like Jobbridge. And, erm, that’s about it really.

Fully-qualified solicitors doing a JobBridge? It's 'a joke'
# Objection
# Objection

Fully-qualified solicitors doing a JobBridge? It's 'a joke'

Mar 26th 2015, 5:09 PM 25,209 Views 75 Comments

Not everyone is happy about the situation.

'If it wasn't for JobBridge, I'd still be on benefits'
# Good And Bad Reviews
# Good And Bad Reviews

'If it wasn't for JobBridge, I'd still be on benefits'

Feb 21st 2015, 8:15 PM 35,213 Views 102 Comments

Almost four years on from the launch of the internship scheme, we’ve been asking participants about their experiences…

There were 24 data breaches in Joan Burton's department this year
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

There were 24 data breaches in Joan Burton's department this year

Dec 30th 2014, 8:25 PM 10,203 Views 14 Comments

Most of the cases were due to “genuine error”, the Tánaiste said.

Appealing a social welfare decision? Sit tight, it'll be a while
# Hang In There
# Hang In There

Appealing a social welfare decision? Sit tight, it'll be a while

Dec 22nd 2014, 7:15 AM 13,637 Views 10 Comments

The average waiting time for a summary decision is seven months.

Gardaí defend hiring 16 JobBridge interns for €1.25 an hour
# No Experience Required
# No Experience Required

Gardaí defend hiring 16 JobBridge interns for €1.25 an hour

Dec 9th 2014, 9:29 PM 23,729 Views 138 Comments

The force is currently seeking a “human rights assistant” and “legal/policing researcher.”

Gardaí on hunt to find dole cheats
# Special Investigation Unit
# Special Investigation Unit

Gardaí on hunt to find dole cheats

Dec 9th 2014, 1:56 PM 23,784 Views 78 Comments

20 gardaí will begin investigating social welfare fraud across the country.

Joan Burton wants to increase the Christmas Bonus again next year
# Cash Money
# Cash Money

Joan Burton wants to increase the Christmas Bonus again next year

Dec 3rd 2014, 4:29 PM 16,733 Views 183 Comments

The Tánaiste is in a giving mood and says the partial restoration of the bonus this year is “a start”.

'If there were no carers, the cost to the government would bring the system down'
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

'If there were no carers, the cost to the government would bring the system down'

Nov 26th 2014, 7:15 AM 6,382 Views 16 Comments

Carers are calling for the respite care grant to be reinstated in 2015.

Government funds to pay for funerals halved since 2011
# Exceptional Needs Payments
# Exceptional Needs Payments

Government funds to pay for funerals halved since 2011

Nov 25th 2014, 6:45 AM 7,161 Views 16 Comments

A review of the guidelines for Exceptional Needs Payments was carried out in 2012.

Woman awarded €5,000 for not being allowed to do JobBridge internship
# Single Parent
# Single Parent

Woman awarded €5,000 for not being allowed to do JobBridge internship

Nov 17th 2014, 2:45 PM 20,898 Views 25 Comments

She was excluded from joining the scheme because she was in receipt of a one-parent family benefit.

Child Benefit: €5 extra per child, per month for parents
# Budget 2015
# Budget 2015

Child Benefit: €5 extra per child, per month for parents

Oct 14th 2014, 6:00 PM 20,907 Views 101 Comments

Brendan Howlin sprung the surprise increase this afternoon.

Joan Burton set to clear up confusion about outdoor weddings
# Hitched Hitch
# Hitched Hitch

Joan Burton set to clear up confusion about outdoor weddings

Sep 10th 2014, 8:01 PM 19,948 Views 28 Comments

Marquees at the ready…

Department's top doctor isn't retiring... because they can't find anyone good enough to replace him
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Department's top doctor isn't retiring... because they can't find anyone good enough to replace him

Aug 26th 2014, 7:00 AM 14,157 Views 30 Comments

Dr. Clement Leech should have retired in 2012. Interviews for a replacement were held last year but no candidates were deemed suitable.

Joan Burton defends new death certs after 'hidden suicide' claims
# Need To Know
# Need To Know

Joan Burton defends new death certs after 'hidden suicide' claims

Aug 6th 2014, 4:09 PM 21,855 Views 44 Comments

Where and when will grieving families be required to disclose a cause of death?