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# Social Welfare Bill

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President Higgins signs off on Social Welfare Bill ensuring rise in weekly payments
The new measures and additions to payments will come into effect in 2023.
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Change to Leo's campaign: Only those convicted of fraud over €5,000 to have names published
The names will be published on a quarterly basis on the Department of Social Protection’s website.
Every three months, the government will publish the names and addresses of welfare fraudsters
The provision is included in the Social Welfare Bill 2017, which was published today.
'If there were no carers, the cost to the government would bring the system down'
Carers are calling for the respite care grant to be reinstated in 2015.
Three Labour senators targeted over dole cut but they'll support measure
Young people are being urged to lobby three Labour senators to vote against a provision of the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill in the Seanad next week but they will all support the measure.
'Mean, ruthless, vicious': TD scathing as Dáil votes to abolish bereavement grant
One opposition TD labelled the cut to the €850 grant as “a mean, ruthless, vicious targeting of people at their most vulnerable time”.
Minister says welfare bill protects against poverty, TDs say it's 'mean and cruel'
A slight difference of opinion over Budget cuts in the Dáil chamber today…
Seanad passes social welfare and property tax bills
Both pieces of legislation will now go to President Michael D Higgins to be signed into law.
Oireachtas agenda: Seven Bills to be wrapped up before Christmas break
Michael D Higgins will be busy over Christmas: no fewer than seven Bills will be wrapped up today and sent for signature.
Social Welfare Bill passes committee stage in Seanad by three votes
The bill passed in the upper house this evening with Labour’s James Heffernan confirming his vote against the law and losing the party whip. Only businessman Feargal Quinn voted with the coalition.
Oireachtas agenda: Dáil approves €45.5 billion in spending, without a debate
Yep, €45.5 billion – and there won’t be a vote or any discussion.
Social Welfare Bill passes Seanad second stage
All 12 Labour Senators voted with the Government as the Bill was carried by a comfortable majority.
Oireachtas agenda: Will the Seanad put the brakes on the Budget?
While the Seanad votes on welfare cuts and PRSI hikes, the Dáil holds its final debates on the new property tax.
Seanad vote could delay Budget's welfare cuts by three months
At least one Labour senator says he may vote against the Social Welfare Bill. One more defect could defeat the government.
Gilmore hints at plan to remove Keaveney as Labour chair
The Labour Leader says it isn’t “tenable” to have a party Chairman outside of the parliamentary ranks.
Social Welfare repayments could 'force people into destitution' under new Bill
FLAC has said it is concerned that changes to the Social Welfare Bill means that when the government recovers overpayments it will push people below the basic minimum income threshold.
Keaveney "determined" to remain Labour party chairman
The Labour TD described the budget as a “conflict of ideologies” and said the issue was one of proportionality with Labour making up only one third of government.
The Evening with added kisses under the mistletoe
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
Sinn Féin to take legal advice after TD is stopped from voting
Padraig Mac Lochlainn, who is serving a three-day suspension, was let vote once – but not a second time.
Labour chairman Keaveney votes against government on respite grant cut
Keaveney will be booted from the Labour parliamentary party after voting against cuts to respite care grants.
Poll: Do you agree with proposed cuts to child benefit?
TDs vote today on whether to lower the monthly payment for the first three children to €130. How would you vote?
Oireachtas agenda: Social Welfare Bill, insurance premiums and CF unit
TDs finally get to vote on controversial measures like cuts to respite care grant this morning.
Social Welfare Bill passes in Dáil, moves to committee stage
The bill includes cuts to the Respite Care Grant and child benefit as well as an increase in PRSI contributions.
Oireachtas agenda: Shannon airport, welfare votes and no confidence
TDs vote this afternoon and this evening on approving individual Budget measures – like PRSI increases and respite grant cuts.
Dáil to begin debating Budget's changes to social welfare system
The Social Welfare Bill, which gives legal effect to cuts to the respite care grant and other changes, will be debated this week.
Oireachtas agenda: Welfare cuts, HSE bailout and the Seanad's birthday
James Reilly formally asks for a €360 million HSE bailout today, as the Dáil also debates Sinn Féin’s motion of no confidence.
Column: The social welfare bill - 'I wonder what this button does?'
Independent TD Stephen Donnelly laments “a series of policy mistakes” embedded into our legislation tonight as the Social Welfare Bill is signed into law.
Column: It's not too late to save the Social Welfare Bill
Tonight’s debate in the Dáil will slash eligibility for the one parent family payment to save a mere €7.6 million – but it’s not too late to stop this, writes Patrick Nulty TD.
All community employment schemes under review, Minister confirms
Joan Burton said that schemes which “provide value for money” do not have “anything to fear” from the review.
Michael Healy-Rae 'on his way home' after hospitalisation
The independent TD’s brother has said Michael is “himself again” after being taken ill in the Dáil yesterday.
TDs begin debating Budget 2012's social welfare cuts
The Social Welfare Bill 2011 will be voted on by TDs tomorrow – but former Labour TDs Penrose and Nulty have broken ranks again.
Social Welfare Bill passed
Budget 2011: Dáil votes to proceed with Social Welfare Bill