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# Social Protection

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Telephone allowance, maternity benefit and medical cards hit hard in Budget
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?
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
Current recipients of free licences will not be affected, has learned – instead, the State broadcaster will take brunt of the cut.
Carers plead for Household Benefit Package to be protected
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
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
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
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?
New welfare system changes are morally dubious and serve only make the lives of unemployed more unpleasant, writes Tom Boland.
"There is nothing decided on welfare cap" - Joan Burton
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.
ISME: Plans to increase PRSI for self employed "utter madness"
The proposed rise in Pay Related Social Insurance is being considered by Minister Joan Burton.
Column: I hope I hold on to my health – I don’t think I can afford to get sick
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.
Minister: No one wants to cut child benefit, but it can’t be ruled out
“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.
'No discussion' on cutting Child Benefit in Budget 2014
Is there a row in the camp over the issue?
Social welfare payments delayed by one day, affecting 32,700 people
The Department of Social Protection has blamed a “once off processing issue” for the delay with some payments today. They will be paid tomorrow.
€54m cost of JobBridge pushes 'employment supports' bill up by 10 per cent
Department of Social Protection spending represented 40.6 per cent of all Government expenditure last year, according to figures out today.
Burton will look to protect core welfare payments
The Social Protection minister said that cuts to her department will be ‘far south’ of €440 million in October’s budget.
Politics is a "blame game", says Burton
The Minister also told that she accepts her colleague Minister Alan Shatter’s explanation over the Wallace controversy.
New limits for rent supplement to kick in later this month
Joan Burton is changing the maximum rent limits for rent supplement, which will raise some limits but reduce many others.
Column: We need to help lone parents into work and away from welfare dependency
Ireland spends almost €1 billion a year on One Parent Family Payments, but the results have been poor. We need to support lone parents properly, writes Minister Joan Burton.
Social Welfare laws will allow part-time firefighters to retain welfare
Joan Burton will include a clause so that a part-time firefighter’s duty to remain close to a station does not bar them from the Dole.
Oireachtas agenda: Horse meat, Gaeilge, and welfare spending
The Public Accounts Committee scrutinises the accounts of the Department of Social Protection this morning.
New child benefit will hurt poorer families, says Vincent de Paul
The recommended two-tier child benefit system will worsen the situation of families who are already struggling, the charity said.
Economic crisis has underlined the 'critical importance' of the welfare state - Burton
The Minister for Social Protection said that without welfare payment, “millions of families across the EU would literally be left with nothing”.
€92.35 million overpaid in Social Welfare payments in 2011
Overpayments have increased year-on-year since 2007, according to new figures released by Minister Burton.
Here's where Ireland overspent by €1.118 billion on last year's Budget
Nine Departments and agencies needed extra top-ups to their funding in 2012. Here’s where the overflow went.
Labour TDs meet with Burton in last-ditch bid to stop child benefit cuts
Two Dublin TDs want to stop the government from cutting child benefit – but if they can’t, will they vote against the Budget?
Counting the pennies: where your tax money will go in 2013
The government’s going to spend €69 billion in total next year. So where does the average taxpayer’s money go?
Budget 2013: here's what will affect the children
Child Benefit has been cut by €10 for the first child but up to €20 for the subsequent children.
PSRI changes will hit employees by €264.16 per year
The Budget will see the abolition of the PRSI-free allowance, meaning all employee income is hit at 4 per cent.
Burton asks for extra €685 million in social protection funding... for 2012
On the day of Budget 2013, Joan Burton asks an Oireachtas committee to approve a 5.1 per cent increase for 2012.
Budget 2013: Four days to go, here is the speculation so far
The Budget is days away and though there has been fewer leaks than last year there’s plenty of speculation. This is what we can expect on Wednesday… definitely, maybe.
Poll: Should child benefit be cut by €10?
Reports suggest the government is planning to cut child benefit from €140 to €130 per month. What do you think – good idea? Bad idea?
"Daylight robbery" - SF reaction to plans to deduct property tax from social welfare
Media reports suggest that the move is being considered.
Joan Burton the most popular of the high-profile ministers
A new poll has also revealed that voters are in support of means testing child benefit payments.
Burton 'playing politics with people's fears' over proposed disability cut
The Social Protection Minister has been advised of a proposal to cut disability allowance payments for under 18s in the forthcoming budget, the second leak in two weeks from her department.
Report on cutting child benefit being 'considered' by Burton
Fianna Fáil wants Social Protection Minister Joan Burton to honour a pre-election promise and say that child benefit will not be cut in the forthcoming budget.
Report recommends child benefit be cut to about €100 per month
A so-called “two tier” child benefit system, recommended by an advisory group to the Social Protection Minister, would see child benefit payments cut to about €100 per month.
Department plays down report over €324bn shortfall
The Irish Times cited an unpublished report from KPMG that indicated the State was facing a massive pensions and social welfare shortfall by 2066 in a story today that the government has played down.
Column: Should the rich give back their benefits? No – it’s the wrong question.
This idea is a cover for the Government’s ineptitude, writes Aaron McKenna. Have we forgotten the point of social welfare?