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#Social Protection

# social-protection - Thursday 14 March, 2013

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 3,119 Views 11 Comments

The Public Accounts Committee scrutinises the accounts of the Department of Social Protection this morning.

# social-protection - Thursday 21 February, 2013

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 5,553 Views 93 Comments

The recommended two-tier child benefit system will worsen the situation of families who are already struggling, the charity said.

# social-protection - Tuesday 5 February, 2013

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 5,117 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”.

# social-protection - Monday 4 February, 2013

€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 10,554 Views 57 Comments

Overpayments have increased year-on-year since 2007, according to new figures released by Minister Burton.

# social-protection - Sunday 9 December, 2012

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 13,261 Views 138 Comments

Nine Departments and agencies needed extra top-ups to their funding in 2012. Here’s where the overflow went.

# social-protection - Thursday 6 December, 2012

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 9,100 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 9,585 Views 49 Comments

The government’s going to spend €69 billion in total next year. So where does the average taxpayer’s money go?

# social-protection - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

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 13,070 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 15,728 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 4,577 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.

# social-protection - Saturday 1 December, 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 11,807 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.

# social-protection - Friday 30 November, 2012

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 15,368 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?

# social-protection - Sunday 25 November, 2012

"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 12,880 Views 198 Comments

Media reports suggest that the move is being considered.

# social-protection - Friday 19 October, 2012

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 5,447 Views 36 Comments

A new poll has also revealed that voters are in support of means testing child benefit payments.

# social-protection - Tuesday 9 October, 2012

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 5,265 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.

# social-protection - Monday 1 October, 2012

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 7,487 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 11,108 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.

# social-protection - Wednesday 12 September, 2012

Department plays down report over €324bn shortfall
# Pensions Shortfall
# Pensions Shortfall

Department plays down report over €324bn shortfall

Sep 12th 2012, 6:57 PM 6,105 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.

# social-protection - Tuesday 21 August, 2012

The 9 at 9: Tuesday
# 9 At 9
# 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Aug 21st 2012, 8:35 AM 8,638 Views 5 Comments

The nine stories you need to know this morning.

# social-protection - Saturday 18 August, 2012

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 20 Views 60 Comments

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

# social-protection - Tuesday 14 August, 2012

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

Explainer: Can you refuse Child Benefit payments?

Aug 14th 2012, 2:35 PM 6,964 Views 41 Comments

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

# social-protection - Tuesday 7 August, 2012

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 5,127 Views 47 Comments

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

# social-protection - Tuesday 31 July, 2012

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 114 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.

# social-protection - Monday 30 July, 2012

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 6,203 Views 5 Comments

# social-protection - Monday 23 July, 2012

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 5,028 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 3,952 Views 38 Comments

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

# social-protection - Thursday 19 July, 2012

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

Poll: Should child benefit be means-tested?

Jul 19th 2012, 10:17 AM 10,471 Views 169 Comments

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

# social-protection - Sunday 1 July, 2012

Burton: How many people have had benefits cut for not taking up jobs? Almost 900
# Welfare State
# Welfare State

Burton: How many people have had benefits cut for not taking up jobs? Almost 900

Jul 1st 2012, 7:30 AM 9,318 Views 83 Comments

In a strong speech about social welfare, the Minister gave the first major indication that Labour will strongly resist any big cuts to benefits in December’s Budget.

# social-protection - Monday 18 June, 2012

Burton looks to play down tensions over sick pay reform
# Sick Pay
# Sick Pay

Burton looks to play down tensions over sick pay reform

Jun 18th 2012, 9:19 AM 3,209 Views 25 Comments

The social protection minister says a dispute about reforms to sick pay is not about her or any other minister.

# social-protection - Sunday 17 June, 2012

Junior minister under fire over 'no work, no benefits' call
# Welfare
# Welfare

Junior minister under fire over 'no work, no benefits' call

Jun 17th 2012, 3:31 PM 6,498 Views 42 Comments

Shane McEntee’s suggestion that young people shouldn’t get welfare unless they join a work scheme has been labelled “hypocritical” by a youth group.

# social-protection - Sunday 10 June, 2012

101 prisoners claimed social welfare despite being behind bars this year
# Prison
# Prison

101 prisoners claimed social welfare despite being behind bars this year

Jun 10th 2012, 9:30 AM 6,752 Views 38 Comments

The Department of Social Protection has been cracking down on the number of prisoners who claim social welfare benefits while in jail.

# social-protection - Wednesday 9 May, 2012

Additional 1,000 JobBridge places announced
# JobBridge
# JobBridge

Additional 1,000 JobBridge places announced

May 9th 2012, 6:15 AM 3,673 Views 58 Comments

Minister Joan Burton says scheme is also being extended to include people receiving One Parent Family payment and disability allowance.

# social-protection - Thursday 3 May, 2012

Burton defends government's jobs record, says economy is in 'transition'
# Economy
# Economy

Burton defends government's jobs record, says economy is in 'transition'

May 3rd 2012, 8:57 AM 1,344 Views 30 Comments

The Social Protection Minister claimed that the jobs initiative had boosted tourism numbers. Yesterday, the CSO said that there were fewer visits to Ireland in the first quarter of 2012.

# social-protection - Tuesday 20 March, 2012

Disabilities: 1,700 Domiciliary Care Allowance applications scheduled for review
# Disabilities
# Disabilities

Disabilities: 1,700 Domiciliary Care Allowance applications scheduled for review

Mar 20th 2012, 7:10 AM 5,061 Views 15 Comments

A number of people have initiated legal proceedings against the Department over its decision to cease DCA payments.

# social-protection - Friday 9 March, 2012

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Social welfare
# One Year In
# One Year In

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Social welfare

Mar 9th 2012, 2:00 AM 892 Views 3 Comments

Has Joan Burton kept the government’s promises of reversing cuts while keeping all baseline social welfare rates unchanged?

# social-protection - Monday 13 February, 2012

Enhanced support for people with disabilities announced
# Disabilities
# Disabilities

Enhanced support for people with disabilities announced

Feb 13th 2012, 4:46 PM 2,456 Views 8 Comments

The Minister for Social Protection has announced two new initiatives aimed at enhancing the support offered to people with disabilities who are planning to take up employment or development opportunities.

# social-protection - Thursday 9 February, 2012

Joan Burton says rent supplement review a "positive" move
# Rental Supplement
# Rental Supplement

Joan Burton says rent supplement review a "positive" move

Feb 9th 2012, 6:00 AM 3,897 Views 17 Comments

Social Protection Minister says December review of rent supplement payments – which cost the State €503m in 2011 – was vital to reflect real rental prices but that ‘no-one will be left homeless’ by changes.

# social-protection - Monday 16 January, 2012

Cuts to rent supplement will lead to evictions, say property owners
# Rent Supplement
# Rent Supplement

Cuts to rent supplement will lead to evictions, say property owners

Jan 16th 2012, 3:13 PM 5,435 Views 71 Comments

The Irish Property Owners’ Association says planned cuts to rent supplement could also put mortgages into default.

# social-protection - Wednesday 11 January, 2012

Revenue chairwoman apologises for distress caused by pensions letters
# Pensions Row
# Pensions Row

Revenue chairwoman apologises for distress caused by pensions letters

Jan 11th 2012, 3:50 PM 3,174 Views 16 Comments

Josephine Feehily acknowledges that the Revenue Commissioners caused ‘confusion and distress’ to many Irish pensioners.

# social-protection - Tuesday 10 January, 2012

Revenue chairwoman to face TDs' questioning on pensions debacle
# Pensions Row
# Pensions Row

Revenue chairwoman to face TDs' questioning on pensions debacle

Jan 10th 2012, 4:46 PM 2,576 Views 11 Comments

Josephine Feehily is to attend tomorrow’s meeting of the Oireachtas Finance committee, along with Social Protection officials.