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#Social Protection

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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 1,584 Views 83 Comments

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
# Welfare
# Welfare

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

Sep 15th 2013, 12:28 PM 11,028 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.

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 7,544 Views 107 Comments

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
# 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 70 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.

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 12,909 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.

'No discussion' on cutting Child Benefit in Budget 2014
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

'No discussion' on cutting Child Benefit in Budget 2014

Jul 21st 2013, 1:15 PM 10,110 Views 88 Comments

Is there a row in the camp over the issue?

Social welfare payments delayed by one day, affecting 32,700 people
# Error
# Error

Social welfare payments delayed by one day, affecting 32,700 people

Jul 16th 2013, 9:14 PM 30,361 Views 139 Comments

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
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

€54m cost of JobBridge pushes 'employment supports' bill up by 10 per cent

Jul 11th 2013, 8:17 AM 5,405 Views 26 Comments

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
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Burton will look to protect core welfare payments

Jul 5th 2013, 11:37 AM 6,385 Views 109 Comments

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
# Dáil
# Dáil

Politics is a "blame game", says Burton

Jun 8th 2013, 7:45 AM 4,367 Views 48 Comments

The Minister also told TheJournal.ie 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
# Rent Supplement
# Rent Supplement

New limits for rent supplement to kick in later this month

Jun 5th 2013, 7:45 PM 25,760 Views 60 Comments

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
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: We need to help lone parents into work and away from welfare dependency

May 23rd 2013, 6:16 PM 136 Views 115 Comments

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
# Fire Officers
# Fire Officers

Social Welfare laws will allow part-time firefighters to retain welfare

Apr 23rd 2013, 7:15 AM 13,232 Views 7 Comments

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
# Leinster House
# Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Horse meat, Gaeilge, and welfare spending

Mar 14th 2013, 7:30 AM 3,135 Views 11 Comments

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
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

New child benefit will hurt poorer families, says Vincent de Paul

Feb 21st 2013, 6:45 AM 5,570 Views 93 Comments

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
# Welfare
# Welfare

Economic crisis has underlined the 'critical importance' of the welfare state - Burton

Feb 5th 2013, 6:00 AM 5,121 Views 96 Comments

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
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

€92.35 million overpaid in Social Welfare payments in 2011

Feb 4th 2013, 9:06 AM 10,578 Views 57 Comments

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
# Budget 2012
# Budget 2012

Here's where Ireland overspent by €1.118 billion on last year's Budget

Dec 9th 2012, 8:00 AM 13,286 Views 138 Comments

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
# Budget 13
# Budget 13

Labour TDs meet with Burton in last-ditch bid to stop child benefit cuts

Dec 6th 2012, 4:33 PM 9,113 Views 98 Comments

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
# Budget 2013
# Budget 2013

Counting the pennies: where your tax money will go in 2013

Dec 6th 2012, 10:03 AM 9,615 Views 49 Comments

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
# Budget 2013
# Budget 2013

Budget 2013: here's what will affect the children

Dec 5th 2012, 7:01 PM 13,090 Views 76 Comments

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
# Social Insurance
# Social Insurance

PSRI changes will hit employees by €264.16 per year

Dec 5th 2012, 3:37 PM 15,756 Views 62 Comments

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
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Burton asks for extra €685 million in social protection funding... for 2012

Dec 5th 2012, 11:41 AM 4,595 Views 18 Comments

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
# Budget 2013
# Budget 2013

Budget 2013: Four days to go, here is the speculation so far

Dec 1st 2012, 8:45 AM 11,828 Views 82 Comments

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?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should child benefit be cut by €10?

Nov 30th 2012, 9:34 AM 15,383 Views 206 Comments

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
# Property Tax
# Property Tax

"Daylight robbery" - SF reaction to plans to deduct property tax from social welfare

Nov 25th 2012, 4:48 PM 12,891 Views 198 Comments

Media reports suggest that the move is being considered.

Joan Burton the most popular of the high-profile ministers
# Poll
# Poll

Joan Burton the most popular of the high-profile ministers

Oct 19th 2012, 11:15 AM 5,469 Views 36 Comments

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
# Disability Allowance
# Disability Allowance

Burton 'playing politics with people's fears' over proposed disability cut

Oct 9th 2012, 3:03 PM 5,323 Views 26 Comments

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
# Child Benefit
# Child Benefit

Report on cutting child benefit being 'considered' by Burton

Oct 1st 2012, 1:36 PM 7,518 Views 84 Comments

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
# Child Benefit
# Child Benefit

Report recommends child benefit be cut to about €100 per month

Oct 1st 2012, 7:34 AM 11,124 Views 87 Comments

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
# Pensions Shortfall
# Pensions Shortfall

Department plays down report over €324bn shortfall

Sep 12th 2012, 6:57 PM 6,126 Views 23 Comments

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.
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Should the rich give back their benefits? No – it’s the wrong question.

Aug 18th 2012, 7:45 AM 34 Views 60 Comments

This idea is a cover for the Government’s ineptitude, writes Aaron McKenna. Have we forgotten the point of social welfare?

Explainer: Can you refuse Child Benefit payments?
# Child Benefit
# Child Benefit

Explainer: Can you refuse Child Benefit payments?

Aug 14th 2012, 2:35 PM 7,100 Views 41 Comments

Parents can decide not to receive the Child Benefit payment if they wish. But how?

Burton: No plans to change disability allowance eligibility
# Disability Allowance
# Disability Allowance

Burton: No plans to change disability allowance eligibility

Aug 7th 2012, 8:33 PM 5,168 Views 47 Comments

The Minister noted a surge in applications for disability allowance, but denied any changes in criteria or conditions.

Column: Why is the government delaying a law to recognise transgender people?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Why is the government delaying a law to recognise transgender people?

Jul 31st 2012, 7:00 AM 141 Views 59 Comments

Ireland is in clear defiance of a High Court judgment that said the law on transgender people has to change, writes Michael Farrell.

Man due in court in Social Welfare fraud investigation
# Courts
# Courts

Man due in court in Social Welfare fraud investigation

Jul 30th 2012, 11:08 AM 6,263 Views 5 Comments

Burton questions 'loyalty to the State' of tax exiles
# MacGill
# MacGill

Burton questions 'loyalty to the State' of tax exiles

Jul 23rd 2012, 8:40 PM 5,054 Views 38 Comments

Speaking a the MacGill summer school, Joan Burton says taxes are high enough – but there are too many loopholes to avoid them.

Government undecided on child benefit tax for wealthy
# Budget 2013
# Budget 2013

Government undecided on child benefit tax for wealthy

Jul 23rd 2012, 9:45 AM 3,963 Views 38 Comments

Fianna Fáil leader has dismissed the proposal as “gesture politics”.

Poll: Should child benefit be means-tested?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should child benefit be means-tested?

Jul 19th 2012, 10:17 AM 10,500 Views 169 Comments

The IMF has suggested that the universal payment could be means-tested to save money. What do you think?