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#Social Protection

# 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 6,911 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 3,679 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 1,355 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 5,093 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 900 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 2,467 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 3,904 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 5,436 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 3,190 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 2,582 Views 11 Comments

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

# social-protection - Wednesday 28 December, 2011

Cowen: 'Strained finances' the cause of rise in social welfare fraud reporting
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Cowen: 'Strained finances' the cause of rise in social welfare fraud reporting

Dec 28th 2011, 4:39 PM 6,308 Views 150 Comments

Figures have shown a huge rise in the number of anonymous tip-offs of suspected social welfare fraud in 2011.

# social-protection - Saturday 10 December, 2011

Government expects to exceed social welfare savings target
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Government expects to exceed social welfare savings target

Dec 10th 2011, 8:45 AM 3,124 Views 11 Comments

Targets for next year may now be revised in light of the savings made in 2011 so far.

# social-protection - Wednesday 7 December, 2011

Government "will revisit" Budget cut to disability allowance
# Budget 2012
# Budget 2012

Government "will revisit" Budget cut to disability allowance

Dec 7th 2011, 10:54 AM 4,078 Views 53 Comments

Enda Kenny says the proposal to cut disability benefit for young people by up to €111 per week will be reviewed.

# social-protection - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

Column: We had to make difficult cuts in the Budget - but these are extraordinary times
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: We had to make difficult cuts in the Budget - but these are extraordinary times

Dec 6th 2011, 7:30 AM 12 Views 101 Comments

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.

# social-protection - Wednesday 30 November, 2011

Almost a quarter of Irish people living in ‘deprivation’ – survey
# Ireland
# Ireland

Almost a quarter of Irish people living in ‘deprivation’ – survey

Nov 30th 2011, 11:58 AM 2,888 Views 19 Comments

An annual CSO survey shows that 22.5 per cent of Irish people experience two or more types of enforced deprivation.

# social-protection - Monday 14 November, 2011

Unemployment group welcomes Budget’s freeze for welfare rates
# Budget 2012
# Budget 2012

Unemployment group welcomes Budget’s freeze for welfare rates

Nov 14th 2011, 12:58 PM 1,267 Views 31 Comments

The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed welcomes Fergus O’Dowd’s assurance that welfare rates will not be cut.

# social-protection - Wednesday 9 November, 2011

Burton: ‘We’re not talking about’ €700m cut to social protection
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Burton: ‘We’re not talking about’ €700m cut to social protection

Nov 9th 2011, 8:50 AM 823 Views 19 Comments

The Minister for Social Protection said she was “very confident” a figure reported this morning was not accurate.

# social-protection - Saturday 15 October, 2011

A quarter of firefighters could quit over welfare dispute - union
# Fire Services
# Fire Services

A quarter of firefighters could quit over welfare dispute - union

Oct 15th 2011, 5:44 PM 2,525 Views 22 Comments

Over a quarter of Ireland’s firefighters could be forced to quit if welfare officers deicide to withdraw their allowances, a union says.

# social-protection - Thursday 13 October, 2011

Back to work scheme to be proposed for Budget 2012
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

Back to work scheme to be proposed for Budget 2012

Oct 13th 2011, 5:29 PM 1,014 Views 13 Comments

Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection, today said she would be proposing a new return to work scheme in the upcoming budget.

# social-protection - Monday 5 September, 2011

Poll: Should welfare payments be cut?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should welfare payments be cut?

Sep 5th 2011, 10:54 AM 4,946 Views 87 Comments

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 spending to be cut – but rates to remain
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Social welfare spending to be cut – but rates to remain

Sep 5th 2011, 8:51 AM 1,501 Views 14 Comments

The government insists social welfare rates will not be cut, but that social welfare spending will be hit in other ways.

# social-protection - Monday 29 August, 2011

The Daily Fix: Monday
# Daily Fix
# Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Monday

Aug 29th 2011, 7:25 PM 2,141 Views 1 Comment

Catch up on the day’s biggest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…

# social-protection - Wednesday 24 August, 2011

Department’s six-week backlog in processing back-to-school allowance forms
# Back To School
# Back To School

Department’s six-week backlog in processing back-to-school allowance forms

Aug 24th 2011, 6:30 AM 1,797 Views 37 Comments

There is a major office backlog in processing applications for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance.

# social-protection - Sunday 21 August, 2011

Six civil servants rapped for abusing social welfare database
# Civil Servants
# Civil Servants

Six civil servants rapped for abusing social welfare database

Aug 21st 2011, 4:40 PM 240 Views 0 Comments

Six staff at the Department of Social Protection have been investigated since 2009 for inappropriately accessing records.

# social-protection - Monday 25 July, 2011

Burton ‘can’t rule out welfare cuts’ – even though Gilmore already has
# Budget 2012
# Budget 2012

Burton ‘can’t rule out welfare cuts’ – even though Gilmore already has

Jul 25th 2011, 2:49 PM 1,214 Views 52 Comments

Joan Burton believes it’s too early to say where the Budget will hit, 39 days after Eamon Gilmore ruled out welfare cuts.

# social-protection - Monday 27 June, 2011

Culture of nixers drives Ireland's black economy says ISME
# Nixers
# Nixers

Culture of nixers drives Ireland's black economy says ISME

Jun 27th 2011, 7:54 AM 1,337 Views 20 Comments

The body representing small and medium businesses says the state could be losing as much as €5 billion per year.

# social-protection - Tuesday 31 May, 2011

Carers Association calls for immediate action on new strategy
# Carers
# Carers

Carers Association calls for immediate action on new strategy

May 31st 2011, 7:25 AM 420 Views 0 Comments

The call for full implementation of a National Carers Strategy comes after last night’s shocking ‘Prime Time Investigates’.

# social-protection - Thursday 26 May, 2011

Restaurants chief calls for end to "ridiculous 1940s" style Sunday pay premium
# Labour Laws
# Labour Laws

Restaurants chief calls for end to "ridiculous 1940s" style Sunday pay premium

May 26th 2011, 4:12 PM 1,177 Views 9 Comments

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.

# social-protection - Monday 16 May, 2011

Burton sets sights on policing hidden economy sector
# Hidden Economy
# Hidden Economy

Burton sets sights on policing hidden economy sector

May 16th 2011, 12:07 PM 1,635 Views 1 Comment

The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said there would be “concerted and active policing of the hidden economy sector.”

# social-protection - Friday 6 May, 2011

Public sector workforce falls by 2,000 in first quarter of 2011
# Public Sector
# Public Sector

Public sector workforce falls by 2,000 in first quarter of 2011

May 6th 2011, 5:41 PM 905 Views 0 Comments

The latest figures included news that 2,305 posts were shed in the health area.

# social-protection - Wednesday 30 March, 2011

One-parent family allowances to be cut next month
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

One-parent family allowances to be cut next month

Mar 30th 2011, 9:04 PM 3,824 Views 28 Comments

The state benefits paid to parents bringing up their children will be cut from April 27, recipients are told.

# social-protection - Tuesday 22 March, 2011

Should Ireland pay child benefit for children living abroad?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Should Ireland pay child benefit for children living abroad?

Mar 22nd 2011, 10:18 AM 6,288 Views 19 Comments

Joan Burton has announced a review of rules allowing parents to claim benefits, even if their children live overseas.

# social-protection - Wednesday 2 February, 2011

Last-minute rubberstamping of Public Service Cards scheme "a costly political stunt"
# ID Cards
# ID Cards

Last-minute rubberstamping of Public Service Cards scheme "a costly political stunt"

Feb 2nd 2011, 6:48 PM 2,846 Views 0 Comments

Irish civil rights group criticises Eamon O Cuiv issuing of ‘ID cards’ on last day in office.

# social-protection - Sunday 26 September, 2010

Dep. of Social Protection using Facebook to out frauds
# Facebook
# Facebook

Dep. of Social Protection using Facebook to out frauds

Sep 26th 2010, 2:07 PM 456 Views 0 Comments

Facebook used to check up on relationship status of single parents.

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