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#Social Welfare

# social-welfare - All time

Thousands of families to lose out on money for childcare as Revenue can't give data to government
# Computer Says No
# Computer Says No

Thousands of families to lose out on money for childcare as Revenue can't give data to government

Apr 12th 2017, 4:52 PM 28,968 Views 73 Comments

Revenue is not yet in a position to share information with the relevant department.

'Any young girl on social welfare like me would have done what I did'
# Shopping Spree
# Shopping Spree

'Any young girl on social welfare like me would have done what I did'

Apr 4th 2017, 7:50 PM 72,967 Views 152 Comments

Single mother avoids jail after “massive spending spree” when bank accidentally deposited €51,000 into her account.

Investigation: What is Nama doing to help increase social housing supply?
# Ghost Estates
# Ghost Estates

Investigation: What is Nama doing to help increase social housing supply?

Jan 30th 2017, 2:40 PM 16,010 Views 25 Comments

The ‘bad bank’ has identified almost 7,000 properties that are potentially suitable for social housing, with demand being confirmed for over 2,700.

Ireland's maternity benefit now helps migrants who want to travel home
# Family Visit
# Family Visit

Ireland's maternity benefit now helps migrants who want to travel home

Jan 30th 2017, 2:06 PM 26,714 Views 32 Comments

Mothers who want to leave the EU to travel home can now continue to get maternity leave – which wasn’t the case before now.

'It's soul-destroying, like going for a job interview once a week and every time you don’t get it'
# Looking For A Home
# Looking For A Home

'It's soul-destroying, like going for a job interview once a week and every time you don’t get it'

Jan 30th 2017, 12:15 AM 31,124 Views 28 Comments

Three people who recently moved into a former Nama-owned property explain what having their own home means to them.

Varadkar says lone parents can earn more under measure that kicks in today
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Varadkar says lone parents can earn more under measure that kicks in today

Jan 5th 2017, 4:54 PM 25,863 Views 61 Comments

Changes have been made to the One-Parent Family Payment and the Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment.

Jump in reports of people allegedly working and claiming social welfare
# Fraud
# Fraud

Jump in reports of people allegedly working and claiming social welfare

Dec 22nd 2016, 4:51 PM 19,168 Views 59 Comments

The Department of Social Protection received over 20,000 reports of welfare fraud from members of the public up to the end of November.

Social welfare Christmas bonus for 1.2 million people to be paid this week
# Christmas Bonus
# Christmas Bonus

Social welfare Christmas bonus for 1.2 million people to be paid this week

Nov 28th 2016, 8:30 AM 41,502 Views 150 Comments

This year’s bonus will be 85% of a welfare recipient’s weekly payment.

'Utterly appalling': Anger expressed at waiting times for carer's allowance claims
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

'Utterly appalling': Anger expressed at waiting times for carer's allowance claims

Nov 13th 2016, 7:10 AM 10,258 Views 10 Comments

More than 4,000 people are waiting for their applications to be processed, with an average wait time of 14 weeks.

Waiting times for social welfare payments vary from one week to 40 weeks
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Waiting times for social welfare payments vary from one week to 40 weeks

Nov 1st 2016, 6:00 AM 48,607 Views 30 Comments

As of 30 September, the average waiting time to receive a carer’s allowance was about nine months.

Varadkar confirms details around this year's welfare Christmas bonus
# Extra Money
# Extra Money

Varadkar confirms details around this year's welfare Christmas bonus

Oct 20th 2016, 9:49 PM 27,451 Views 73 Comments

Some 1.2 million people will receive the extra money.

'There are lots of jobs available': Leo defends lower jobseekers' payments to young people
# Young And Broke
# Young And Broke

'There are lots of jobs available': Leo defends lower jobseekers' payments to young people

Oct 11th 2016, 8:35 PM 27,040 Views 83 Comments

Young jobseekers will get an increase of €2.70 to their payment per week next year.

FactCheck: Did the last government cut payments to lone parents?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Did the last government cut payments to lone parents?

Sep 27th 2016, 7:07 PM 25,423 Views 77 Comments

FactCheck looks into a a controversial claim made by Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar on Morning Ireland yesterday.

Live Register: The number of people signing on has fallen below 300,000
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

Live Register: The number of people signing on has fallen below 300,000

Sep 1st 2016, 12:32 PM 13,328 Views 70 Comments

The figures show that there are now 299,200 people officially signed on, compared with 340,700 from this time last year.

Poll: Should social welfare payments be linked to inflation?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should social welfare payments be linked to inflation?

Jul 24th 2016, 10:04 AM 24,133 Views 151 Comments

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar raised the possibility of welfare payments increasing with inflation last week.

Woman who fraudulently claimed €100,000 in sister's benefits caught out by her ringing phone
# Terenure
# Terenure

Woman who fraudulently claimed €100,000 in sister's benefits caught out by her ringing phone

Jun 7th 2016, 8:00 PM 64,861 Views 0 Comments

The court heard that the Dublin pensioner had been collecting the social welfare for 20 years.

'Completely unacceptable': 21-week wait for carer's allowance claims to be processed
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

'Completely unacceptable': 21-week wait for carer's allowance claims to be processed

May 22nd 2016, 8:30 AM 36,799 Views 36 Comments

The Department of Social Protection said processing times vary for different payments, depending on the qualification criteria.

Social welfare office workers suffer punches and have chairs thrown at them
# Assaults
# Assaults

Social welfare office workers suffer punches and have chairs thrown at them

Apr 23rd 2016, 3:46 PM 27,126 Views 83 Comments

A union representing workers in Intreo offices said these employees need greater protection.

Joan's department recovered €83m in social welfare overpayments last year
# Fraud And Error
# Fraud And Error

Joan's department recovered €83m in social welfare overpayments last year

Apr 22nd 2016, 7:13 PM 21,177 Views 103 Comments

Nearly 360 fraud cases were submitted for prosecution in 2015.

'I never thought I would be unemployed aged 53. I feel I have to beg for social welfare'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'I never thought I would be unemployed aged 53. I feel I have to beg for social welfare'

Mar 28th 2016, 8:00 AM 4,711 Views 111 Comments

An anonymous contributor writes about what it’s like to find yourself jobless with no money after working for over 33 years.

Fine Gael wants to increase the dole by €27*
# Cash Money
# Cash Money

Fine Gael wants to increase the dole by €27*

Feb 16th 2016, 2:38 PM 26,770 Views 123 Comments

*But the payment will be scaled back the longer a person is out of work.

Landlord says barriers at social welfare building were not targeted at the homeless
# Sleeping Rough
# Sleeping Rough

Landlord says barriers at social welfare building were not targeted at the homeless

Jan 28th 2016, 7:07 PM 24,462 Views 58 Comments

The management company said it installed the railings in response to anti-social behaviour.

There has been another drop in the number of people on the live register
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

There has been another drop in the number of people on the live register

Jan 7th 2016, 1:24 PM 14,487 Views 112 Comments

The number of people signing on in December was 34,496 fewer than in the same month in 2014.

David Norris says people on social welfare shouldn't be allowed to buy drink
# Slabs Of Drink
# Slabs Of Drink

David Norris says people on social welfare shouldn't be allowed to buy drink

Dec 11th 2015, 11:53 AM 41,836 Views 310 Comments

The independent senator said alcohol had now become “a human right” in Ireland.

How we could abolish all welfare and introduce a basic income for everyone
# Opinion
# Opinion

How we could abolish all welfare and introduce a basic income for everyone

Dec 5th 2015, 6:00 PM 663 Views 94 Comments

A basic income is a regular payment from the state, granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement. Here’s how it could be implemented in Ireland.

Six family members kicked off bus lose defamation claim
# Bus Eireann
# Bus Eireann

Six family members kicked off bus lose defamation claim

Dec 1st 2015, 8:42 AM 38,236 Views 42 Comments

The court heard Jennifer Dardis had previous convictions for theft and having had possession of “some sort of weapon”.

Under 26 and on the dole? Labour has some good news for you - sort of
# Show Me The Money
# Show Me The Money

Under 26 and on the dole? Labour has some good news for you - sort of

Nov 23rd 2015, 6:00 PM 34,572 Views 76 Comments

Young adults are currently paid a lower rate of jobseeker’s allowance.

Joan denies an unemployed man was told to apply for 200-300 jobs a week
# Didn't Happen
# Didn't Happen

Joan denies an unemployed man was told to apply for 200-300 jobs a week

Nov 23rd 2015, 6:10 AM 21,661 Views 71 Comments

The Tánaiste said it was deemed that the man was ‘not genuinely seeking work’.

Willie O'Dea told us about his radical plan to abolish all social welfare
# Big Willie's Style
# Big Willie's Style

Willie O'Dea told us about his radical plan to abolish all social welfare

Nov 18th 2015, 8:30 PM 27,188 Views 66 Comments

The Fianna Fáil TD has proposed that a basic income replace all current state supports.

What if we abolished welfare and gave everyone a basic income?
# Radical Idea
# Radical Idea

What if we abolished welfare and gave everyone a basic income?

Oct 28th 2015, 5:23 PM 42,650 Views 150 Comments

Fianna Fáil wants to examine the idea if it’s in government after the next election.

Educated, broke and fed up: how Ireland's unemployed are struggling to get by
# Looking For Work
# Looking For Work

Educated, broke and fed up: how Ireland's unemployed are struggling to get by

Oct 18th 2015, 9:30 PM 37,103 Views 88 Comments

Unemployment rates may be dropping, but significant barriers still exist for those seeking work in Ireland.

People without jobs will get a €141 Christmas bonus
# Budget 2016
# Budget 2016

People without jobs will get a €141 Christmas bonus

Oct 13th 2015, 3:39 PM 43,171 Views 147 Comments

There will also be increases to the respite care grant and child benefit.

People on the dole to see 50% increase in their Christmas bonus this year
# Promises
# Promises

People on the dole to see 50% increase in their Christmas bonus this year

Sep 14th 2015, 9:31 AM 40,173 Views 138 Comments

The bonus is paid to long-term welfare claimants such as jobseekers, pensioners, carers, lone-parents and those with a disability.

French woman gets €200/week disability allowance for controversial 'gadget allergy'
# Benefits Of The Doubt
# Benefits Of The Doubt

French woman gets €200/week disability allowance for controversial 'gadget allergy'

Aug 26th 2015, 8:16 PM 21,328 Views 15 Comments

Marine Richard has a condition known as Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity.

Poll: Do you think gardaí should be used to interview social welfare claimants?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you think gardaí should be used to interview social welfare claimants?

Aug 21st 2015, 8:12 AM 24,961 Views 188 Comments

One woman said it made her feel “like a criminal”.

Gardaí are being used to interview social welfare claimants
# Dole
# Dole

Gardaí are being used to interview social welfare claimants

Aug 21st 2015, 6:02 AM 49,064 Views 144 Comments

The move has been described as an “absolute disgrace” by one politician.

Overpaid in social welfare payments? The government will seek you out
# Cash Back Please
# Cash Back Please

Overpaid in social welfare payments? The government will seek you out

Jul 21st 2015, 9:38 AM 33,040 Views 29 Comments

Guides have been launched to help people understand their rights when the department comes knocking for their money back.

Partner of murdered man asked to produce news clipping to prove his death
# Red Tape
# Red Tape

Partner of murdered man asked to produce news clipping to prove his death

Jul 16th 2015, 6:02 PM 19,712 Views 38 Comments

Catherine Danaher was told she would need a a death certificate, memorial card, or newspaper clipping to prove her partner’s passing.

Romanian national falsely claimed social welfare 463 times
# Jailed
# Jailed

Romanian national falsely claimed social welfare 463 times

Jul 15th 2015, 5:09 PM 26,704 Views 54 Comments

The 32-year-old stole at least €85,000 from the State, and has been jailed for three years.

Social welfare fraudster caught by facial recognition software is jailed
# Courts
# Courts

Social welfare fraudster caught by facial recognition software is jailed

Jul 8th 2015, 7:30 PM 24,370 Views 49 Comments

The man has led a ‘sad life’ the court heard.