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#Social Welfare

# social-welfare - Yesterday’s News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The measure was announced as part of Budget 2021 today.

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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'

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

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

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

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

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

€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

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

# social-welfare - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

'It's a perfect storm': Sharp rise in Rent Supplement payments raises concerns over post-Covid crisis

There has been a 15% increase in the number of people receiving Rent Supplement since Covid-19 restrictions began.

# social-welfare - Friday 24 April, 2020

Varadkar: 'Extending pandemic payment and wage subsidy scheme may be needed if restrictions stay in place'

Varadkar also said no decision has been made on whether or not to extend the payment.

# social-welfare - Friday 10 April, 2020

Department 'inadvertently' emailed 1,700 people telling them their Covid-19 payment was to be stopped

The department said it has now emailed all individuals affected to advise them of the error and reassure them their payment will continue.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 8 April, 2020

19,000 people close pandemic payment due to claiming it 'in error'

The government says the temporary wage subsidy scheme is not being taxed at the time at which you receive it.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Thousands to receive €350 Covid Unemployment Payment today

The payment has led to almost 390,000 applications to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

# social-welfare - Friday 27 March, 2020

Public transport services to be reduced from next week

Visits to prisons will end from tomorrow, the government has also announced.

Most new Covid-19 unemployment benefit claims to be paid by next week

The first coronavirus-related payments were made earlier this week.

# social-welfare - Thursday 19 March, 2020

Emergency Covid-19 legislation passes all stages in the Dáil

The government included a sunset clause for the legislation to be review in November after concerns were raised by TDs.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 17 March, 2020

Cabinet approves emergency Covid-19 legislation ahead of Thursday's Dáil sitting

Leo Varadkar and President Michael D Higgins met this afternoon to discuss the State’s efforts to combat the coronavirus.

# social-welfare - Monday 20 January, 2020

Man who fraudulently claimed over €225,000 in social welfare admits to falsely claiming a further €18,000

Leendert Stolk fraudulently used a school stamp while claiming child benefit for his two children between 2011 and 2018, a court heard today.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 7 January, 2020

New measures to see increases in some social welfare payments from this week

Pensioners and people with disabilities who are living alone are the main cohort of social welfare recipients to benefit.

# social-welfare - Thursday 21 November, 2019

Christmas bonus will be paid out to 1.2 million social welfare recipients at start of December

The cost of the Christmas bonus this year will be €279.4 million.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 9 October, 2019

Here's what Budget 2020 means for people receiving social welfare payments

The INOU has said it is “very disappointing” there were no increases to Jobseekers’ payments.

# social-welfare - Monday 16 September, 2019

750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud

The Department aims to save €530 million by tackling fraud over the next four years.

# social-welfare - Thursday 5 September, 2019

Data Protection Commission to seek enforcement action over government's refusal to comply with PSC findings

The government is challenging the findings of a landmark report into the legality of the card.

# social-welfare - Friday 26 July, 2019

Dutch man who falsely claimed €200k in social welfare while outside Ireland is jailed for four years

Letters sent to his house in the Dublin 15 were redirected to his address outside the country.

# social-welfare - Friday 5 July, 2019

New social welfare scheme promises 'breathing space' for unemployed artists

Unemployed artists will be able to receive jobseekers allowance while also focusing on their own work for 12 months.

Regina Doherty 'can't guarantee' pension increases in Budget 2020 because of Brexit

The Budget for 2020 will be announced in October – weeks before the UK is due to leave the EU.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 3 July, 2019

Will there be a 2020 Christmas bonus? No decision's been made yet

Pearse Doherty said Christmas comes every year, yet the bonus hasn’t been factored into spending.

# social-welfare - Friday 28 June, 2019

Government to go ahead with plans for self-employed to access jobseeker's payments

Self-employed people will be able to access €203 a week if they’re out of work.

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