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#Social Welfare

# social-welfare - Tuesday 27 September, 2022

Core welfare payments increasing by €12 and plan for one-off double payments confirmed
# Welfare
# Welfare

Core welfare payments increasing by €12 and plan for one-off double payments confirmed

Updated Sep 27th 2022, 8:26 PM 73,129 Views 34 Comments
  • There will be a double payment of child benefit paid out in November.
  • The Fuel Allowance is set to have it's means test ceiling raised, alongside a €400 lump sum.
  • The total package is worth €2.2 billion.
'Our citizens need help': Everything you need to know about Budget 2023
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

'Our citizens need help': Everything you need to know about Budget 2023

Updated Sep 27th 2022, 6:32 PM 132,344 Views 141 Comments

The Government has confirmed a range of measures including tax band changes, electricity credits and social welfare increases.

# social-welfare - Friday 19 August, 2022

'I don't say it lightly': Housing crisis is a breach in the social contract, says Tánaiste
# Leo Varadkar
# Leo Varadkar

'I don't say it lightly': Housing crisis is a breach in the social contract, says Tánaiste

Updated Aug 19th 2022, 12:59 PM 65,458 Views 107 Comments
  • Varadkar says the Government needs to have "another go" at fixing the housing crisis
  • Renters need more help, declares Tánaiste
  • However, Budget 2023 will not have all the solutions to fix property situation

# social-welfare - Wednesday 17 August, 2022

€22.7 million paid out so far this year on emergency social welfare payments
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

€22.7 million paid out so far this year on emergency social welfare payments

Aug 17th 2022, 6:59 PM 16,732 Views 13 Comments

The Government has provided funding of €45.75 million for the additional needs payment this year.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 16 August, 2022

Call for all social welfare payments to be increased by €20 as older people 'turn off heating'
# Age Action
# Age Action

Call for all social welfare payments to be increased by €20 as older people 'turn off heating'

Aug 16th 2022, 11:35 AM 27,610 Views 58 Comments

Age Action said the State Pension should be increased by at least €23 in the Budget.

# social-welfare - Sunday 14 August, 2022

Jump in emergency welfare payments reflects what's happening on the ground for families, says SVP

Jump in emergency welfare payments reflects what's happening on the ground for families, says SVP

Aug 14th 2022, 12:00 PM 18,344 Views 3 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Social Protection, Claire Kerrane says people should be able to apply for the payment online, rather than by post or in person.

# social-welfare - Saturday 13 August, 2022

Employees who are forced to self-isolate due to monkeypox advised to apply for Illness Benefit
# Welfare
# Welfare

Employees who are forced to self-isolate due to monkeypox advised to apply for Illness Benefit

Aug 13th 2022, 6:00 AM 12,996 Views 6 Comments

Financial supports may available to those who contract the virus.

# social-welfare - Saturday 6 August, 2022

17,000 apply for emergency social welfare payments for food, fuel and clothing in July alone
# Inflation Crisis
# Inflation Crisis

17,000 apply for emergency social welfare payments for food, fuel and clothing in July alone

Aug 6th 2022, 7:30 AM 26,966 Views 8 Comments

The number of applications has been rising month-on-month in light of the cost-of-living crisis.

# 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 34,035 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 35,844 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 31,394 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 28,709 Views 58 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 30,196 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 49,103 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 39,220 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 42,632 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 41,988 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 18,363 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 33,061 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 46,798 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 10,067 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 38,269 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 26,898 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 8,543 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 43,770 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 162,130 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 41,426 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 72,012 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 36,518 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 34,070 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 23,684 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 37,851 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 12,279 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 45,326 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 46,884 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 48,939 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 18,159 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 57,397 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 16,909 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 14,430 Views 51 Comments

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

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