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#Social Welfare

# social-welfare - Tuesday 30 June, 2015

Mary Lou and Joan just had ANOTHER showdown in the Dáil

McDonald accused Burton of being “anti-women”, who in turn said Sinn Féin has no serious policies.

# social-welfare - Thursday 25 June, 2015

Mary Lou says Joan Burton is 'giving two fingers' to the public

The Tánaiste’s own comments came back to haunt her today.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 24 June, 2015

Joan slams social welfare fraudsters for 'giving two fingers to their neighbours'

Tens of millions of euro are overpaid each year.

# social-welfare - Thursday 28 May, 2015

€96m could have been overspent in dole payments

Also, 62 cases of people “claiming multiple identities” cost taxpayers a LOT of money.

# social-welfare - Friday 24 April, 2015

Young man takes on social welfare for 'age discrimination' over reduced dole

By-election candidate Adrienne Wallace says there would be outrage if ‘women or black people had to accept a lower rate’.

# social-welfare - Friday 17 April, 2015

TDs experience what it's like to struggle to make ends meet on social welfare

Willie O’Dea is one of four TDs taking part in TV3’s ‘Dáil on the Dole’ series.

# social-welfare - Friday 27 March, 2015

Disappointment at "unusual" news that rent supplement limits won't be increased

The Department of Social Protection said that increasing them could lead to rental inflation.

# social-welfare - Saturday 7 February, 2015

'Opening a business is risky. It's time self-employed people had a safety net'

The Small Firms Association wants self-employed people to be allowed make voluntary contributions to PRSI.

# social-welfare - Monday 2 February, 2015

Opinion: I never knew how easy it was to become homeless in Ireland until now

I never thought, in my wildest dreams, that a mere three weeks could change my life so drastically.

# social-welfare - Thursday 29 January, 2015

Some Leaving Cert students don't get Child Benefit - because of their age

This Senator thinks that should change.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 27 January, 2015

People from which country got the most PPS numbers in Ireland last year?

That doesn’t include Ireland, of course.

# social-welfare - Sunday 18 January, 2015

JobBridge interns used to teach jobseeker classes

An internal audit flagged that the practice was taking place at Jobs Club classes.

# social-welfare - Friday 9 January, 2015

'Dear Joan: Today, I sat in a dole office and cried to a complete stranger through a glass partition'

An open letter to the Minister for Social Protection: “I left that office embarrassed, angry, degraded, and a shadow of the educated, confident woman I am meant to be.”

# social-welfare - Wednesday 7 January, 2015

There will be no Welfare Wednesday drinks tonight

Owner Gary Payne apologised for using the word ‘welfare’ in the promotion.

# social-welfare - Monday 22 December, 2014

Appealing a social welfare decision? Sit tight, it'll be a while

The average waiting time for a summary decision is seven months.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 9 December, 2014

Gardaí on hunt to find dole cheats

20 gardaí will begin investigating social welfare fraud across the country.

# social-welfare - Saturday 6 December, 2014

Tayto crisps, Mary Lou McDonald, and U2: The week in numbers

Plus: How many homeowners are more than two years behind with their mortgage repayments?

# social-welfare - Wednesday 3 December, 2014

Joan Burton wants to increase the Christmas Bonus again next year

The Tánaiste is in a giving mood and says the partial restoration of the bonus this year is “a start”.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 26 November, 2014

'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.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 25 November, 2014

Government funds to pay for funerals halved since 2011

A review of the guidelines for Exceptional Needs Payments was carried out in 2012.

# social-welfare - Monday 17 November, 2014

Woman awarded €5,000 for not being allowed to do JobBridge internship

She was excluded from joining the scheme because she was in receipt of a one-parent family benefit.

# social-welfare - Thursday 23 October, 2014

Water Charges relief on its way for those not on social welfare

The Finance Bill introduced today gives effect to measures introduced in Budget 2015.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 15 October, 2014

68-year-old man arrested in Mayo over substantial social welfare fraud

He’s expected to appear in court in the next few hours.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 14 October, 2014

Here's how social welfare will look after today

If you have kids or live alone, it’s some good news.

Child Benefit: €5 extra per child, per month for parents

Brendan Howlin sprung the surprise increase this afternoon.

People on the dole will get a Christmas present from the government this year

The Christmas Bonus will be reintroduced this year – one of two increases in the area of social welfare announced in today’s Budget.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 8 October, 2014

Here's how much money was seized from criminals last year

CAB released its 2013 Annual Report today.

Pensioners are now having to 'choose between food and fuel and medication'

Age Action says it would welcome the return of the Christmas Bonus in next week’s Budget.

# social-welfare - Thursday 18 September, 2014

Could the Christmas Bonus be restored in next month's Budget?

The Tánaiste wasn’t ruling it out when asked today.

# social-welfare - Saturday 16 August, 2014

Here's how many construction workers are on the dole

Despite a recovery, nearly 80,000 workers remain unemployed.

# social-welfare - Saturday 9 August, 2014

Life on the dole - a dark and humorous diary

Tobias Kirkner arrived back to Ireland and thought it would be easy to ‘get on the dole’… he was wrong.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 6 August, 2014

JobBridge is 'absolutely not' used by employers to get cheap labour

The Junior Minister for Labour Activation said that any employers who abuse the system will be “taken off”.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 5 August, 2014

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

It’s the start of your four-day week – and here’s everything you need to know as you start your day.

# social-welfare - Monday 21 July, 2014

Over €200m worth of unclaimed social welfare payments in past three years DSP

Over €200m worth of unclaimed social welfare payments in past three years

No, you can’t have them. There were all returned to the Department.

# social-welfare - Saturday 19 July, 2014

Social welfare staff are being told to refuse dole payments to 'locked out' Greyhound workers

A circular issued to social welfare staff advises them to reject applications for jobseeker’s payments.

# social-welfare - Thursday 17 July, 2014

'No evidence' that disproportionately high number of migrants receive social welfare

A new study has found that the number in receipt of these payments are just a little or below the number in the work force.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 9 July, 2014

Here's what the social welfare budget paid for last year

Between pensions, jobseeker’s payments and allowances for children and carers, Joan Burton’s department spend €20.3 billion.

# social-welfare - Sunday 6 July, 2014

What counties have the highest number of people on rent allowance?

Outside of Dublin, Wexford has the highest concentration.

# social-welfare - Thursday 3 July, 2014

9,000 families to lose one-parent payment from today

Changes to the plan were announced two years ago.

# social-welfare - Monday 16 June, 2014

Appealing a social welfare decision? You could be in for a long wait

The average processing time of an appeal is six months.