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# Social Protection

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# Your Say
Poll: Should child benefit be means-tested?
The IMF has suggested that the universal payment could be means-tested to save money. What do you think?
# welfare state
Burton: How many people have had benefits cut for not taking up jobs? Almost 900
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.
# Sick Pay
Burton looks to play down tensions over sick pay reform
The social protection minister says a dispute about reforms to sick pay is not about her or any other minister.
# Welfare
Junior minister under fire over 'no work, no benefits' call
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.
# Prison
101 prisoners claimed social welfare despite being behind bars this year
The Department of Social Protection has been cracking down on the number of prisoners who claim social welfare benefits while in jail.
# JobBridge
Additional 1,000 JobBridge places announced
Minister Joan Burton says scheme is also being extended to include people receiving One Parent Family payment and disability allowance.
# Economy
Burton defends government's jobs record, says economy is in 'transition'
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.
# disabilities
Disabilities: 1,700 Domiciliary Care Allowance applications scheduled for review
A number of people have initiated legal proceedings against the Department over its decision to cease DCA payments.
# One Year In’s progress report for the Government: Social welfare
Has Joan Burton kept the government’s promises of reversing cuts while keeping all baseline social welfare rates unchanged?
# disabilities
Enhanced support for people with disabilities announced
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.
# rental supplement
Joan Burton says rent supplement review a "positive" move
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.
# Rent Supplement
Cuts to rent supplement will lead to evictions, say property owners
The Irish Property Owners’ Association says planned cuts to rent supplement could also put mortgages into default.
# Pensions Row
Revenue chairwoman apologises for distress caused by pensions letters
Josephine Feehily acknowledges that the Revenue Commissioners caused ‘confusion and distress’ to many Irish pensioners.
# Pensions Row
Revenue chairwoman to face TDs' questioning on pensions debacle
Josephine Feehily is to attend tomorrow’s meeting of the Oireachtas Finance committee, along with Social Protection officials.
# Social Welfare
Cowen: 'Strained finances' the cause of rise in social welfare fraud reporting
Figures have shown a huge rise in the number of anonymous tip-offs of suspected social welfare fraud in 2011.
# Social Welfare
Government expects to exceed social welfare savings target
Targets for next year may now be revised in light of the savings made in 2011 so far.
# Budget 2012
Government "will revisit" Budget cut to disability allowance
Enda Kenny says the proposal to cut disability benefit for young people by up to €111 per week will be reviewed.
Column: We had to make difficult cuts in the Budget - but these are extraordinary times
Social welfare spending has to be cut in order to balance the budget – but we can still protect the most vulnerable, says Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection.
# Ireland
Almost a quarter of Irish people living in ‘deprivation’ – survey
An annual CSO survey shows that 22.5 per cent of Irish people experience two or more types of enforced deprivation.
# Budget 2012
Unemployment group welcomes Budget’s freeze for welfare rates
The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed welcomes Fergus O’Dowd’s assurance that welfare rates will not be cut.
# Social Protection
Burton: ‘We’re not talking about’ €700m cut to social protection
The Minister for Social Protection said she was “very confident” a figure reported this morning was not accurate.
# Fire Services
A quarter of firefighters could quit over welfare dispute - union
Over a quarter of Ireland’s firefighters could be forced to quit if welfare officers deicide to withdraw their allowances, a union says.
# Unemployment
Back to work scheme to be proposed for Budget 2012
Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection, today said she would be proposing a new return to work scheme in the upcoming budget.
# Your Say
Poll: Should welfare payments be cut?
Expenditure in the Department of Social Protection has to be cut – but the Government says the axe won’t be applied to social welfare rates themselves…
# Social Welfare
Social welfare spending to be cut – but rates to remain
The government insists social welfare rates will not be cut, but that social welfare spending will be hit in other ways.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Monday
Catch up on the day’s biggest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…
# Back To School
Department’s six-week backlog in processing back-to-school allowance forms
There is a major office backlog in processing applications for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance.
# Civil Servants
Six civil servants rapped for abusing social welfare database
Six staff at the Department of Social Protection have been investigated since 2009 for inappropriately accessing records.
# Budget 2012
Burton ‘can’t rule out welfare cuts’ – even though Gilmore already has
Joan Burton believes it’s too early to say where the Budget will hit, 39 days after Eamon Gilmore ruled out welfare cuts.
# Nixers
Culture of nixers drives Ireland's black economy says ISME
The body representing small and medium businesses says the state could be losing as much as €5 billion per year.
# Carers
Carers Association calls for immediate action on new strategy
The call for full implementation of a National Carers Strategy comes after last night’s shocking ‘Prime Time Investigates’.
# labour laws
Restaurants chief calls for end to "ridiculous 1940s" style Sunday pay premium
CEO of Irish Restaurants Association says Sunday premium paid to workers is crippling industry – while employees’ union and Joan Burton fear proposal to cut it will lead to hardship for low-earners.
# Hidden economy
Burton sets sights on policing hidden economy sector
The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said there would be “concerted and active policing of the hidden economy sector.”
# Public Sector
Public sector workforce falls by 2,000 in first quarter of 2011
The latest figures included news that 2,305 posts were shed in the health area.
# Social Welfare
One-parent family allowances to be cut next month
The state benefits paid to parents bringing up their children will be cut from April 27, recipients are told.
# Your Say
Should Ireland pay child benefit for children living abroad?
Joan Burton has announced a review of rules allowing parents to claim benefits, even if their children live overseas.
# ID cards
Last-minute rubberstamping of Public Service Cards scheme "a costly political stunt"
Irish civil rights group criticises Eamon O Cuiv issuing of ‘ID cards’ on last day in office.
# Facebook
Dep. of Social Protection using Facebook to out frauds
Facebook used to check up on relationship status of single parents.