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#Social Welfare

# social-welfare - Tuesday 21 June, 2022

Help for renters, pension and social welfare increases as 'more room to manoeuvre' in Budget
# Budget 2023
# Budget 2023

Help for renters, pension and social welfare increases as 'more room to manoeuvre' in Budget

Jun 21st 2022, 6:26 PM 33,118 Views 44 Comments

Taoiseach said renters “will be considered” in October’s budget.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 14 June, 2022

Carer told to repay social welfare payment after teen son's death calls for system reform
# Compassion
# Compassion

Carer told to repay social welfare payment after teen son's death calls for system reform

Jun 14th 2022, 12:05 AM 35,729 Views 52 Comments
  • A carer is calling on the government to close a gap in the social welfare system upon the death of a disabled child aged 16 or over.
  • Tracy McGinnis lost her son Brendan Bjorn, aged 17, last month, and was ordered to refund a social welfare payment.
  • Care Alliance Ireland said carers who lose a child go through a "really difficult transition period", Lauren Boland reports.

# social-welfare - Friday 10 June, 2022

Warning over linking unemployment benefits to previous earnings
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Warning over linking unemployment benefits to previous earnings

Jun 10th 2022, 12:11 PM 31,324 Views 32 Comments

The Economic and Social Research Institute said the move would give rise to weaker financial work incentives unless capped or time-limited.

# social-welfare - Thursday 2 June, 2022

Ryan signals need for social welfare and tax changes to get country through 'very difficult period'
# Budget 2023
# Budget 2023

Ryan signals need for social welfare and tax changes to get country through 'very difficult period'

Jun 2nd 2022, 12:46 PM 27,544 Views 53 Comments

Taoiseach has said there will be “a challenging number of months ahead with the cost of living”.

# social-welfare - Monday 30 May, 2022

Treatment Benefit Scheme for dental works, hearing aids and glasses extended by 80,000 people
# Grant
# Grant

Treatment Benefit Scheme for dental works, hearing aids and glasses extended by 80,000 people

May 30th 2022, 11:27 AM 30,052 Views 8 Comments

The amount of PRSI contributions necessary for young people to qualify has been significantly reduced.

# social-welfare - Thursday 19 May, 2022

Up to €14,000 can be earned in rent by social welfare recipients under newly agreed rules
# Rent A Room
# Rent A Room

Up to €14,000 can be earned in rent by social welfare recipients under newly agreed rules

May 19th 2022, 3:23 PM 48,066 Views 61 Comments

The change means that social welfare payments will not be impacted for earning rental income under €14,000.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 9 February, 2022

Targeted welfare payments would ease cost of living pressure on lower-income workers, experts say
# Inflation
# Inflation

Targeted welfare payments would ease cost of living pressure on lower-income workers, experts say

Updated Feb 9th 2022, 9:14 PM 38,992 Views 33 Comments

The Government is to unveil a “substantial” package of measures tomorrow, the Tánaiste told Fine Gael TDs.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 1 December, 2021

Christmas payment will be paid to 1.4 million social welfare recipients next week
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Christmas payment will be paid to 1.4 million social welfare recipients next week

Dec 1st 2021, 10:18 AM 42,591 Views 58 Comments

The cost of this year’s Christmas payment will be €313 million.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 16 November, 2021

No plans for rollback of cuts to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment rates
# PUP
# PUP

No plans for rollback of cuts to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment rates

Updated Nov 16th 2021, 7:13 PM 41,969 Views 39 Comments

From today, the €250 PUP rate will reduce to €203 per week.

# social-welfare - Sunday 24 October, 2021

Opinion: Rising energy costs this winter are now a major concern for low-income households
# Poverty
# Poverty

Opinion: Rising energy costs this winter are now a major concern for low-income households

Oct 24th 2021, 8:30 AM 18,276 Views 31 Comments

Issy Petrie from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul says the government must act now to prevent people slipping in to poverty this winter.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 12 October, 2021

State pension and core social welfare payments to increase by €5 per week
# Welfare
# Welfare

State pension and core social welfare payments to increase by €5 per week

Oct 12th 2021, 2:48 PM 32,895 Views 26 Comments
  • This will bring the full State pension to €253.30 per week.
  • A €5 increase to the Fuel Allowance comes into effect from midnight.
  • The Living Alone Allowance will also increase by €3 per week.

# social-welfare - Monday 13 September, 2021

Pension and social welfare payment rises on the cards for next month's Budget
# Fine Gael Think-In
# Fine Gael Think-In

Pension and social welfare payment rises on the cards for next month's Budget

Sep 13th 2021, 4:45 PM 46,708 Views 59 Comments

The Social Protection Minister said ‘very difficult decisions’ around the State pension will have to be made.

# social-welfare - Friday 27 August, 2021

Music industry warns of 'ticking time bomb' as PUP cuts set to kick in next month
# Live Events
# Live Events

Music industry warns of 'ticking time bomb' as PUP cuts set to kick in next month

Aug 27th 2021, 3:15 PM 10,066 Views 18 Comments

Today the Cabinet sub-committee is meeting to discuss the roadmap for the next phase of reopening.

# social-welfare - Monday 12 July, 2021

New unemployment payment linked to past working history pushed out to 2023
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

New unemployment payment linked to past working history pushed out to 2023

Jul 12th 2021, 4:31 PM 38,205 Views 20 Comments

Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys said today that the plans will not be included in Budget 2022.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 7 July, 2021

Child benefit instalment unpaid for older teenagers due to delay with forms
# Welfare
# Welfare

Child benefit instalment unpaid for older teenagers due to delay with forms

Jul 7th 2021, 9:30 PM 26,641 Views 3 Comments

Several families who expected to be given the payment this week have not received it.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 1 June, 2021

Tánaiste expects number of PUP recipients to fall to a third of current level by end of the year
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Tánaiste expects number of PUP recipients to fall to a third of current level by end of the year

Jun 1st 2021, 11:13 PM 8,527 Views 14 Comments

The payment is due to be abolished next February.

Government plans to link unemployment payments to past working history and PRSI contributions
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Government plans to link unemployment payments to past working history and PRSI contributions

Jun 1st 2021, 5:22 PM 43,740 Views 45 Comments

With the phasing out of the PUP, government is keen to bring in pay-related unemployment payments.

# social-welfare - Monday 8 February, 2021

New weekly payment of €203 introduced for 65-year-olds after rise of pension age
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

New weekly payment of €203 introduced for 65-year-olds after rise of pension age

Feb 8th 2021, 7:27 AM 161,946 Views 53 Comments

A person in receipt of this payment will not be required to be available for full-time work.

# social-welfare - Thursday 31 December, 2020

Which Budget changes kick in from tomorrow?
# Looking Forwad
# Looking Forwad

Which Budget changes kick in from tomorrow?

Dec 31st 2020, 6:00 AM 41,414 Views 10 Comments

Many changes for Budget 2021 kick in next month.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 9 December, 2020

Self-employed people allowed earn €960 over two months without losing their Pandemic Unemployment Payment
# PUP
# PUP

Self-employed people allowed earn €960 over two months without losing their Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Dec 9th 2020, 4:44 PM 71,977 Views 19 Comments

The move aims to help those who want to take up occasional intermittent work without losing their payment,

# social-welfare - Thursday 3 December, 2020

The largest cohort on the PUP right now? Workers in accommodation and food services
# Out Of Work
# Out Of Work

The largest cohort on the PUP right now? Workers in accommodation and food services

Dec 3rd 2020, 6:30 AM 36,507 Views 7 Comments

Over 102,321 people in the sector are on the payment.

# social-welfare - Thursday 26 November, 2020

Christmas Bonus will be paid to over 1.6 million people in early December
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Christmas Bonus will be paid to over 1.6 million people in early December

Nov 26th 2020, 8:14 PM 34,060 Views 43 Comments

The bonus will be paid in the week beginning 7 December.

# social-welfare - Monday 9 November, 2020

Over 340,000 receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week as total spend on scheme tops €4 billion
# PUP
# PUP

Over 340,000 receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week as total spend on scheme tops €4 billion

Nov 9th 2020, 6:52 PM 23,675 Views 20 Comments

The minister for social protection said the rise in the number of PUP recipients was expected given the Level 5 restrictions in place.

# social-welfare - Monday 19 October, 2020

Highest level of Pandemic Unemployment Payment to be restored to €350 a week
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Highest level of Pandemic Unemployment Payment to be restored to €350 a week

Oct 19th 2020, 10:33 PM 37,838 Views 39 Comments

The payment was cut to a maximum of €300 per week last month.

Number receiving Covid-19 unemployment payment rises by over 15,000
# PUP
# PUP

Number receiving Covid-19 unemployment payment rises by over 15,000

Oct 19th 2020, 2:03 PM 12,270 Views 26 Comments

244,153 people are now in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 13 October, 2020

How the 2021 Budget will impact social welfare payments
# Budget 2021
# Budget 2021

How the 2021 Budget will impact social welfare payments

Oct 13th 2020, 7:49 PM 45,307 Views 35 Comments

The government released its €17.75 billion Budget package earlier today.

Self-employed people to be allowed claim Covid-19 welfare payment while earning through work
# PUP
# PUP

Self-employed people to be allowed claim Covid-19 welfare payment while earning through work

Oct 13th 2020, 2:34 PM 46,865 Views 17 Comments

The measure was announced as part of Budget 2021 today.

Most people on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will get a Christmas bonus
# PUP
# PUP

Most people on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will get a Christmas bonus

Oct 13th 2020, 2:29 PM 48,931 Views 27 Comments

The announcement that those on the PUP in December will receive a Christmas bonus was part of Budget 2021 announced today.

# social-welfare - Monday 12 October, 2020

Number receiving Covid-19 unemployment payment jumps by over 23,000
# PUP
# PUP

Number receiving Covid-19 unemployment payment jumps by over 23,000

Oct 12th 2020, 1:41 PM 18,147 Views 26 Comments

228,858 people are now in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

Social welfare payments will be paid weekly again from the beginning of November
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Social welfare payments will be paid weekly again from the beginning of November

Oct 12th 2020, 7:39 AM 57,373 Views 42 Comments

The move was welcomed by An Post and the postmasters union.

# social-welfare - Thursday 30 July, 2020

Data watchdog has 'serious doubts' over whether social welfare inspectors acted lawfully at airports
# Data Collection
# Data Collection

Data watchdog has 'serious doubts' over whether social welfare inspectors acted lawfully at airports

Jul 30th 2020, 1:14 PM 16,890 Views 38 Comments

The Data Protection Commission is seeking further clarity from the department over the actions of social welfare inspectors at airports.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 28 July, 2020

'There is no agenda here': Taoiseach open to a review of PUP cases that were cut off due to travel
# Penalised
# Penalised

'There is no agenda here': Taoiseach open to a review of PUP cases that were cut off due to travel

Jul 28th 2020, 3:22 PM 14,420 Views 51 Comments

A number of concerns about how welfare payments were cut if citizens travelled abroad have been raised.

Department of Social Protection: 'The PUP is not paid to people who leave the country to live elsewhere, or who go on holidays abroad'
# Covid PUP
# Covid PUP

Department of Social Protection: 'The PUP is not paid to people who leave the country to live elsewhere, or who go on holidays abroad'

Jul 28th 2020, 10:31 AM 28,261 Views 97 Comments

The Department said that the vast majority of welfare payments that were ceased were to people who left the country “permanently”.

# social-welfare - Monday 27 July, 2020

Decision to cut welfare payments after recipients' holidays abroad criticised as 'unfair and discriminatory'
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Decision to cut welfare payments after recipients' holidays abroad criticised as 'unfair and discriminatory'

Updated Jul 27th 2020, 1:20 PM 91,422 Views 241 Comments

Over 140 people have had their welfare payments stopped after travelling abroad – but others receiving State benefits aren’t affected.

# social-welfare - Thursday 25 June, 2020

Freezing of cryptocurrency used by criminals results in jump in CAB proceeds
# Criminal Assets
# Criminal Assets

Freezing of cryptocurrency used by criminals results in jump in CAB proceeds

Jun 25th 2020, 9:16 AM 21,250 Views 16 Comments

The jump in frozen assets is due in the main to the granting of a freezing order over cryptocurrency to the value of €53 million.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 16 June, 2020

More than four years’ worth of welfare claims processed in a few weeks, Oireachtas committee hears
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

More than four years’ worth of welfare claims processed in a few weeks, Oireachtas committee hears

Jun 16th 2020, 7:59 PM 21,846 Views 40 Comments

Department of Social Protection staff processed more than 1.2 million claims in a few weeks.

# social-welfare - Sunday 14 June, 2020

Domestic violence victims given access to Rent Supplement without a means test
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Domestic violence victims given access to Rent Supplement without a means test

Jun 14th 2020, 1:23 PM 18,784 Views 21 Comments

The government announced the changes to the eligibility for the payment today.

# social-welfare - Monday 8 June, 2020

Rent Supplement payments rise by 33% since beginning of Covid-19 pandemic
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Rent Supplement payments rise by 33% since beginning of Covid-19 pandemic

Jun 8th 2020, 4:29 PM 12,808 Views 15 Comments

The number of households on the payment has risen by 5,136 since mid-March.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 2 June, 2020

Number receiving Covid-19 unemployment payment drops again with 64,000 now back to work
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Number receiving Covid-19 unemployment payment drops again with 64,000 now back to work

Jun 2nd 2020, 12:07 PM 43,802 Views 35 Comments

€190.2 million worth of payments were issued to 543,200 people today.

# social-welfare - Monday 25 May, 2020

Numbers on Rent Supplement payment up 20% since beginning of Covid-19 pandemic
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Numbers on Rent Supplement payment up 20% since beginning of Covid-19 pandemic

May 25th 2020, 6:00 AM 12,293 Views 5 Comments

Housing groups have warned that Ireland could see a rise in evictions as a result of the crisis.

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