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#Social Protection

# social-protection - All time

JobBridge is 'absolutely not' used by employers to get cheap labour
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

JobBridge is 'absolutely not' used by employers to get cheap labour

Aug 6th 2014, 10:56 AM 15,086 Views 153 Comments

The Junior Minister for Labour Activation said that any employers who abuse the system will be “taken off”.

'No questions about it, the Free Travel pass is safe'
# Ageing Population
# Ageing Population

'No questions about it, the Free Travel pass is safe'

Jul 8th 2014, 9:43 PM 11,632 Views 42 Comments

However, a review is taking place, something which Joan Burton makes “no apology” about it.

Should families with teens be given more money to feed them?
# Growing Pains
# Growing Pains

Should families with teens be given more money to feed them?

Jul 5th 2014, 8:45 AM 13,148 Views 75 Comments

A food poverty charity has asked Joan Burton to consider ow expensive it is to feed teenagers when drafting the next Budget.

'Fingers still crossed': Joan Burton feeling hopeful about Labour leadership
# Me Nerves
# Me Nerves

'Fingers still crossed': Joan Burton feeling hopeful about Labour leadership

Jul 4th 2014, 10:09 AM 4,920 Views 41 Comments

The new Labour Party leader will be named this afternoon.

9,000 families to lose one-parent payment from today
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

9,000 families to lose one-parent payment from today

Jul 3rd 2014, 7:15 AM 17,485 Views 103 Comments

Changes to the plan were announced two years ago.

How should Irish adoption laws be changed?
# Oireachtas Agenda
# Oireachtas Agenda

How should Irish adoption laws be changed?

Jun 26th 2014, 9:00 AM 5,338 Views 28 Comments

Representatives from a number of groups will address the Health Committee on this issue today.

Joan Burton's department has refused to name most of the companies who use JobBridge
# JobBridge
# JobBridge

Joan Burton's department has refused to name most of the companies who use JobBridge

Jun 22nd 2014, 8:15 AM 22,804 Views 115 Comments

Sixty-eight per cent of companies who advertised over 9,000 posts on the JobBridge asked to remain anonymous.

Rent allowance banned in Ballymun to "attain a good social mix"
# Ain't Nothing Going On
# Ain't Nothing Going On

Rent allowance banned in Ballymun to "attain a good social mix"

Jun 16th 2014, 3:57 PM 22,202 Views 63 Comments

The Department of Social Protection says the ban doesn’t affect those already in receipt of the payment.

How many people have taken up Gateway job activation places?
# Gate Closed
# Gate Closed

How many people have taken up Gateway job activation places?

Jun 16th 2014, 8:29 AM 11,448 Views 50 Comments

The scheme offers those on social welfare an extra €20 a week.

The number of people receiving a carer's allowance has increased by 40%
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

The number of people receiving a carer's allowance has increased by 40%

Jun 15th 2014, 7:30 AM 23,883 Views 28 Comments

Joan Burton came under fire in the Dáil this week for cuts to grants and delays in social welfare decisions.

Government unsure if paying social welfare electronically will save money
# Dole
# Dole

Government unsure if paying social welfare electronically will save money

May 4th 2014, 8:00 AM 12,435 Views 61 Comments

This is due to the scale of anti-fraud measures that must be developed.

Taoiseach warns of risk of 'welfare dependency' despite falling unemployment
# Jobseekers
# Jobseekers

Taoiseach warns of risk of 'welfare dependency' despite falling unemployment

Apr 30th 2014, 3:48 PM 9,797 Views 64 Comments

An Taoiseach made the comments as Live Register declined for the 22nd consecutive month.

Unemployment rate falls again to 11.7 per cent
# Live Register
# Live Register

Unemployment rate falls again to 11.7 per cent

Apr 30th 2014, 11:46 AM 7,498 Views 81 Comments

It represents the 22nd month in a row that the number of claimants on the Live Register has fallen.

Joan Burton's response: Eamon Gilmore is the leader of the Labour Party and I support him in that.
# Vote Of Confidence
# Vote Of Confidence

Joan Burton's response: Eamon Gilmore is the leader of the Labour Party and I support him in that.

Apr 28th 2014, 7:34 PM 9,203 Views 64 Comments

Phil Prendergast MEP suggested that the Social Protection Minister take over the leadership.

Almost 27 per cent of us have experienced two or more types of deprivation
# Living Conditions
# Living Conditions

Almost 27 per cent of us have experienced two or more types of deprivation

Apr 16th 2014, 12:08 PM 8,257 Views 22 Comments

Disposable income, poverty rates and income drops were all looked at in the survey.

Gardaí to work as social welfare inspectors
# Hello Officer
# Hello Officer

Gardaí to work as social welfare inspectors

Apr 15th 2014, 6:35 PM 44,697 Views 121 Comments

Twenty gardaí are to be sent around the country as part of a new pilot scheme to crack down on social welfare fraud.

Department carried out one million reviews of social welfare recipients last year
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Department carried out one million reviews of social welfare recipients last year

Apr 10th 2014, 8:00 AM 12,758 Views 79 Comments

The Department of Social Protection says it saved €632 million in 2013 by carrying out the reviews in a bid to minimise social welfare fraud.

Sligo has the highest rate of people on JobBridge right now
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Sligo has the highest rate of people on JobBridge right now

Mar 22nd 2014, 2:32 PM 8,918 Views 53 Comments

0.35 per cent of the population within the age limits for the scheme are currently taking part.

Just 69 people have taken up Gateway places
# Gate Closed
# Gate Closed

Just 69 people have taken up Gateway places

Mar 4th 2014, 11:48 AM 14,050 Views 128 Comments

The Gateway scheme would pay long-term unemployed people €20 a week to work in their local communities.

Government must modernise An Post says Dáil motion
# Postal Service
# Postal Service

Government must modernise An Post says Dáil motion

Feb 24th 2014, 9:23 AM 6,317 Views 24 Comments

Reports last week said the post office network could lose the Social Protection contract, but the Department says that isn’t happening.

Jobseeker payments expenditure to fall by as much as 20 per cent
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Jobseeker payments expenditure to fall by as much as 20 per cent

Feb 23rd 2014, 7:30 AM 12,809 Views 24 Comments

The spend in 2014 is expected to be close to half of what it was in 2011.

Burton defends welfare checks on widows and widowers
# Pension Checks
# Pension Checks

Burton defends welfare checks on widows and widowers

Jan 26th 2014, 1:36 PM 21,624 Views 190 Comments

The issue has been in the spotlight after an elderly woman had her pension stopped when she refused to engage with inspectors.

Column: The State’s new year resolution should be to cherish all children equally
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: The State’s new year resolution should be to cherish all children equally

Jan 9th 2014, 7:00 AM 79 Views 45 Comments

Cuts introduced since the beginning of the economic crisis have had a devastating effect on lone parent families, writes Louise Bayliss.

Average household receives €327 per week in social welfare payments
# ESRI
# ESRI

Average household receives €327 per week in social welfare payments

Dec 11th 2013, 6:40 AM 16,612 Views 133 Comments

87 per cent of households now receive some kind of payment from the government in the form of child benefit, State pension or another social welfare payment.

Column: Restoring the Christmas bonus should be a no-brainer
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Restoring the Christmas bonus should be a no-brainer

Dec 4th 2013, 1:00 PM 142 Views 106 Comments

A reintroduction of the Christmas bonus would be a huge boost for both people who rely on social welfare payments and for the economy, writes Patrick Nulty TD.

Joan Burton: Why it's time to talk about a Living Wage for Ireland
# Opinion
# Opinion

Joan Burton: Why it's time to talk about a Living Wage for Ireland

Nov 28th 2013, 8:00 AM 72 Views 115 Comments

Our social welfare system already supports those in work by topping-up low wages. This is why a Living Wage could increase tax revenue and decrease spending on benefits, the Social Protection Minister argues.

Ireland spends less of its social protection budget on old age benefit than anywhere in EU
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Ireland spends less of its social protection budget on old age benefit than anywhere in EU

Nov 21st 2013, 2:52 PM 5,362 Views 18 Comments

The state has one of the highest spends on healthcare, however.

New legislation to protect pensioners with defined benefit schemes
# Defined Benefit
# Defined Benefit

New legislation to protect pensioners with defined benefit schemes

Nov 19th 2013, 5:32 PM 9,691 Views 25 Comments

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton received approval for the Bill today, which she says leaves the State pension completely unaffected.

Burton calls for 'living wage' and says welfare state makes employers 'efficient'
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Burton calls for 'living wage' and says welfare state makes employers 'efficient'

Nov 2nd 2013, 4:10 PM 17,693 Views 121 Comments

The Minister for Social Protection has made a significant speech on the welfare state today.

Students protest cuts to social welfare by eating beans on a couch at Leinster House
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Students protest cuts to social welfare by eating beans on a couch at Leinster House

Nov 1st 2013, 2:36 PM 9,815 Views 87 Comments

They also dressed as members of cabinet to highlight the differences in income between politicians and the unemployed.

Vigil at children’s hospital to highlight medical card removal
# Health
# Health

Vigil at children’s hospital to highlight medical card removal

Oct 26th 2013, 3:55 PM 9,948 Views 30 Comments

Parents and supporters gathered at Crumlin Children’s Hospital this afternoon to protest revoking of cards for some chronically-ill children.

Social Welfare and Pensions Bill passes second stage in Dáil
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Social Welfare and Pensions Bill passes second stage in Dáil

Oct 24th 2013, 11:06 PM 4,649 Views 17 Comments

The bill passed the second stage by 79 votes to 44 and will now go before a committee.

Social welfare garda checks must not involve racial profiling - ICI
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Social welfare garda checks must not involve racial profiling - ICI

Oct 16th 2013, 4:53 PM 19,633 Views 368 Comments

The Immigrant Council of Ireland wants Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to outline safeguards against racial profiling in crackdown on welfare fraud.

Telephone allowance, maternity benefit and medical cards hit hard in Budget
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Telephone allowance, maternity benefit and medical cards hit hard in Budget

Oct 15th 2013, 3:51 PM 18,566 Views 87 Comments

Brendan Howlin’s announcement of a review of all medical cards was greeted with jeers from members of the opposition parties.

Readers’ Panel Part Two: What are you expecting from Budget 2014?
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Readers’ Panel Part Two: What are you expecting from Budget 2014?

Oct 15th 2013, 8:00 AM 2,880 Views 33 Comments

We spoke to some readers about their hopes and fears ahead of tomorrow’s budget. Here’s what they had to say, in their own words.

RTÉ to take €5m hit as Dept of Social Protection cuts free TV licences payment
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

RTÉ to take €5m hit as Dept of Social Protection cuts free TV licences payment

Oct 15th 2013, 5:00 AM 11,539 Views 24 Comments

Current recipients of free licences will not be affected, TheJournal.ie has learned – instead, the State broadcaster will take brunt of the cut.

Carers plead for Household Benefit Package to be protected
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Carers plead for Household Benefit Package to be protected

Oct 14th 2013, 3:46 PM 4,097 Views 11 Comments

Reports over the weekend suggested that some cuts to packages for family carers could be in tomorrow’s Budget, but carers say that would be the wrong move.

1,900 "welfare tourists" caught in three years
# Welfare Tourism
# Welfare Tourism

1,900 "welfare tourists" caught in three years

Oct 8th 2013, 5:33 PM 28,331 Views 206 Comments

New powers and investigative techniques have led to the apprehension of 101 welfare tourists at airports since last June.

Social Protection dept sends letters to Irish unemployed about jobs... in the UK
# Emigration
# Emigration

Social Protection dept sends letters to Irish unemployed about jobs... in the UK

Oct 5th 2013, 8:30 AM 10,748 Views 65 Comments

The department said that Irish people “are entitled to avail of any jobs on offer in other EU countries” and that the Jaguar Land Rover posts could be of interest to them.

'Sense of alarm' over Revenue investigation of blind pension
# Blind Pension
# Blind Pension

'Sense of alarm' over Revenue investigation of blind pension

Sep 23rd 2013, 3:13 PM 9,718 Views 37 Comments

A report yesterday said Revenue is to start looking at records to see if individuals are in receipt of a second pension and assess their level of tax compliance.