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#Social Protection

# social-protection - Thursday 26 June, 2014

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

How should Irish adoption laws be changed?

Jun 26th 2014, 9:00 AM 5,328 Views 28 Comments

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

# social-protection - Sunday 22 June, 2014

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 22,784 Views 115 Comments

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

# social-protection - Monday 16 June, 2014

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 22,186 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 11,431 Views 50 Comments

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

# social-protection - Sunday 15 June, 2014

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 23,846 Views 28 Comments

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

# social-protection - Sunday 4 May, 2014

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 12,421 Views 61 Comments

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

# social-protection - Wednesday 30 April, 2014

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 9,764 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 7,483 Views 81 Comments

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

# social-protection - Monday 28 April, 2014

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 9,190 Views 64 Comments

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

# social-protection - Wednesday 16 April, 2014

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 8,248 Views 22 Comments

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

# social-protection - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

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

Gardaí to work as social welfare inspectors

Apr 15th 2014, 6:35 PM 44,632 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.

# social-protection - Thursday 10 April, 2014

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 12,738 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.

# social-protection - Saturday 22 March, 2014

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 8,901 Views 53 Comments

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

# social-protection - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

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 14,038 Views 128 Comments

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

# social-protection - Monday 24 February, 2014

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 6,306 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.

# social-protection - Sunday 23 February, 2014

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 12,784 Views 24 Comments

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

# social-protection - Sunday 26 January, 2014

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 21,604 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.

# social-protection - Thursday 9 January, 2014

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 76 Views 45 Comments

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

# social-protection - Wednesday 11 December, 2013

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 16,598 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.

# social-protection - Wednesday 4 December, 2013

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 125 Views 105 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.

# social-protection - Thursday 28 November, 2013

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 59 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.

# social-protection - Thursday 21 November, 2013

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 5,349 Views 18 Comments

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

# social-protection - Tuesday 19 November, 2013

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 9,671 Views 25 Comments

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

# social-protection - Saturday 2 November, 2013

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 17,676 Views 121 Comments

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

# social-protection - Friday 1 November, 2013

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 9,806 Views 89 Comments

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

# social-protection - Saturday 26 October, 2013

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 9,929 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-protection - Thursday 24 October, 2013

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 4,638 Views 17 Comments

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

# social-protection - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

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 19,620 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.

# social-protection - Tuesday 15 October, 2013

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 18,546 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 2,868 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 11,525 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.

# social-protection - Monday 14 October, 2013

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 4,086 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.

# social-protection - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

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 28,306 Views 206 Comments

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

# social-protection - Saturday 5 October, 2013

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 10,731 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.

# social-protection - Monday 23 September, 2013

'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 9,706 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.

Column: Who really benefits from the new 'carrot and stick' approach to welfare payments?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Who really benefits from the new 'carrot and stick' approach to welfare payments?

Sep 23rd 2013, 1:00 PM 1,578 Views 83 Comments

New welfare system changes are morally dubious and serve only make the lives of unemployed more unpleasant, writes Tom Boland.

# social-protection - Sunday 15 September, 2013

"There is nothing decided on welfare cap" - Joan Burton
# Welfare
# Welfare

"There is nothing decided on welfare cap" - Joan Burton

Sep 15th 2013, 12:28 PM 11,012 Views 245 Comments

Reports today say that cuts to Social Protection will amount to a welfare cap, but the Minister for Social Protection says nothing has been decided.

# social-protection - Friday 6 September, 2013

ISME: Plans to increase PRSI for self employed "utter madness"
# Social Insurance
# Social Insurance

ISME: Plans to increase PRSI for self employed "utter madness"

Sep 6th 2013, 2:44 PM 7,531 Views 107 Comments

The proposed rise in Pay Related Social Insurance is being considered by Minister Joan Burton.

# social-protection - Friday 16 August, 2013

Column: I hope I hold on to my health – I don’t think I can afford to get sick
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: I hope I hold on to my health – I don’t think I can afford to get sick

Aug 16th 2013, 7:30 PM 66 Views 79 Comments

With the number of older people in consistent poverty doubling over just one year, pensioner Gordon* explains what daily life is like for him – and how he fears for the future.

# social-protection - Thursday 25 July, 2013

Minister: No one wants to cut child benefit, but it can’t be ruled out
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Minister: No one wants to cut child benefit, but it can’t be ruled out

Jul 25th 2013, 10:00 PM 12,893 Views 211 Comments

“Clearly no one wants to reduce child benefit, but there will be cuts and there will be adjustments,” Junior Finance Minister Brian Hayes has said of the social welfare budget this evening.