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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 57,415 Views 42 Comments

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

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.

'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 14,433 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 28,300 Views 97 Comments

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

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 91,521 Views 241 Comments

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

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 21,286 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.

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 21,867 Views 40 Comments

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

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 18,837 Views 21 Comments

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

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 12,829 Views 15 Comments

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

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 43,813 Views 35 Comments

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

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 12,302 Views 5 Comments

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

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

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

May 6th 2020, 12:05 AM 30,622 Views 77 Comments

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

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

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

Apr 24th 2020, 6:31 PM 39,361 Views 56 Comments

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

Department 'inadvertently' emailed 1,700 people telling them their Covid-19 payment was to be stopped
# Covid19 Unemployment
# Covid19 Unemployment

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

Apr 10th 2020, 8:33 PM 93,698 Views 63 Comments

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

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

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

Apr 8th 2020, 1:07 PM 97,268 Views 48 Comments

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

Thousands to receive €350 Covid Unemployment Payment today
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Thousands to receive €350 Covid Unemployment Payment today

Mar 31st 2020, 8:12 AM 50,816 Views 122 Comments

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

Public transport services to be reduced from next week
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Public transport services to be reduced from next week

Updated Mar 27th 2020, 1:45 PM 72,415 Views 47 Comments

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
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

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

Mar 27th 2020, 9:04 AM 33,687 Views 29 Comments

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

Emergency Covid-19 legislation passes all stages in the Dáil
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Emergency Covid-19 legislation passes all stages in the Dáil

Updated Mar 19th 2020, 8:35 PM 87,228 Views 86 Comments

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

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

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

Mar 17th 2020, 6:58 PM 81,681 Views 105 Comments

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

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

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

Jan 20th 2020, 10:30 PM 62,114 Views 48 Comments

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

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

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

Jan 7th 2020, 4:36 PM 55,181 Views 54 Comments

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

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

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

Nov 21st 2019, 12:17 PM 68,953 Views 165 Comments

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

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

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

Oct 9th 2019, 8:03 AM 89,936 Views 87 Comments

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

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

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

Sep 16th 2019, 6:25 PM 109,887 Views 196 Comments

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

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

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

Sep 5th 2019, 7:14 PM 26,383 Views 33 Comments

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

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

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

Jul 26th 2019, 4:48 PM 44,010 Views 65 Comments

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

New social welfare scheme promises 'breathing space' for unemployed artists
# Draw The Dole
# Draw The Dole

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

Jul 5th 2019, 9:35 PM 27,111 Views 81 Comments

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
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

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

Jul 5th 2019, 11:47 AM 15,626 Views 72 Comments

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

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

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

Jul 3rd 2019, 3:10 PM 21,059 Views 85 Comments

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

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

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

Jun 28th 2019, 4:16 PM 17,401 Views 44 Comments

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

ESRI warns that carbon taxes 'often regressive in nature'
# Climate Change
# Climate Change

ESRI warns that carbon taxes 'often regressive in nature'

Jun 17th 2019, 6:15 AM 11,467 Views 59 Comments

The government is looking at two models to increase carbon tax and offset the cost to householders.

'It's about a culture change': New welfare payment which could benefit up to 60,000 parents announced
# Parental Leave
# Parental Leave

'It's about a culture change': New welfare payment which could benefit up to 60,000 parents announced

Apr 23rd 2019, 9:12 AM 53,443 Views 59 Comments

Details of the Parental Leave scheme were announced this morning.

'I felt so humiliated, I burst into tears': Woman questions why she was asked for adoption cert when applying for PSC
# Public Services Card
# Public Services Card

'I felt so humiliated, I burst into tears': Woman questions why she was asked for adoption cert when applying for PSC

Feb 17th 2019, 8:30 PM 67,326 Views 15 Comments

The woman’s adopted status is not well known and she was unaware she would have to discuss the topic in public.

Committee told man on JobPath scheme had his CV amended against his wishes to conceal his ethnicity
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Committee told man on JobPath scheme had his CV amended against his wishes to conceal his ethnicity

Jan 17th 2019, 12:15 PM 38,964 Views 29 Comments

Private companies operating JobPath get over €3k for every jobseeker that makes it through the scheme

Government says it's owed €475 million in social welfare overpayments
# Debt
# Debt

Government says it's owed €475 million in social welfare overpayments

Dec 29th 2018, 8:00 AM 26,421 Views 63 Comments

Minister Regina Doherty said a number of measures are taken to try to recover the monies owed.

Private companies getting €3,718 for every jobseeker that makes it through the State's Jobpath scheme
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

Private companies getting €3,718 for every jobseeker that makes it through the State's Jobpath scheme

Nov 30th 2018, 12:24 AM 61,137 Views 97 Comments

How much the companies got paid per person has been shrouded in secrecy since the roll out of the programme.

Over 300 cases of social welfare fraud reported to gardaí last year
# Employment
# Employment

Over 300 cases of social welfare fraud reported to gardaí last year

Nov 22nd 2018, 10:48 PM 34,705 Views 65 Comments

Social welfare fraud totalled €38.4 million in 2017, down from €41 million in 2016.

State has covered the cost of 5,000 funerals and burials over two years
# Exceptional Needs
# Exceptional Needs

State has covered the cost of 5,000 funerals and burials over two years

Nov 4th 2018, 12:05 AM 60,476 Views 41 Comments

Exceptional needs payments can be made under the supplementary welfare allowance scheme.

Here's what Budget 2019 means for people receiving social welfare payments
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Here's what Budget 2019 means for people receiving social welfare payments

Oct 9th 2018, 2:02 PM 52,219 Views 53 Comments

The Christmas bonus will be fully restored for the first time since the economic downturn.