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#Social Welfare

# 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.

# social-welfare - Sunday 15 June, 2014

The number of people receiving a carer's allowance has increased by 40%

Joan Burton came under fire in the Dáil this week for cuts to grants and delays in social welfare decisions.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 11 June, 2014

Does Ireland's corporate tax rate need to be changed?

TDs will debate the controversial issue in the Dáil today.

# social-welfare - Thursday 5 June, 2014

Leaving Cert students asked about how to cope 'on the Dole'

That was the Higher Levels. The Ordinary Levels were asked one entire question about soup.

How is the government revamping the social welfare system?

That’s one of the subjects up for debate in Leinster House today.

# social-welfare - Saturday 31 May, 2014

Water charges a step too far for jobseekers

Charity, St Vincent de Paul is worried that adults without children won’t be able to afford water as there are no extra allowances for them.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 28 May, 2014

Immigrant council demands rights for stateless to work and access social services

In Ireland campaigners want the government to introduce clear, transparent and accessible determination procedures to allow the swift identification of stateless persons.

# social-welfare - Sunday 4 May, 2014

Government unsure if paying social welfare electronically will save money

This is due to the scale of anti-fraud measures that must be developed.

# social-welfare - Thursday 1 May, 2014

Gardaí investigate employees at Burton's department over €1.2m claims

It is alleged that the employees were making payments to a number of individuals that were “not appropriate”.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 30 April, 2014

Taoiseach warns of risk of 'welfare dependency' despite falling unemployment

An Taoiseach made the comments as Live Register declined for the 22nd consecutive month.

Unemployment rate falls again to 11.7 per cent

It represents the 22nd month in a row that the number of claimants on the Live Register has fallen.

# social-welfare - Thursday 24 April, 2014

FLAC says new welfare strategy should target department errors - not just fraud

The organisation’s director general said Burton’s anti-fraud programme makes a concerning link between overpayments and fraud and creates potential for people making repayments to fall into destitution.

Column: I've entered the Church of Burton ... Yes, I am now a JobBridge intern

After two years of being unemployed, I’ve just started a JobBridge internship. The experience has been a mixed one so far.

Post offices could link up with credit unions to provide banking services

The Irish Postmasters’ Union is set to work with Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte to diversify services.

Burton's department launches programme to catch welfare fraudsters

In one instance, a man claiming jobseeker’s had €400,000 in his bank account and the minister said some €10 million has already been recovered as part of her department’s new system.

# social-welfare - Thursday 17 April, 2014

The 9 at 9: Thursday

It’s Thursday – and here’s everything you need to know before 9am.

Complaints against social welfare staff have increased six-fold

Some 171 complaints were made against named officers in 2013, up from 27 in 2010.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

Gardaí to work as social welfare inspectors

Twenty gardaí are to be sent around the country as part of a new pilot scheme to crack down on social welfare fraud.

# social-welfare - Sunday 13 April, 2014

Recovering from the rains: Fishing industry battles on

However, funding remains a significant hindrance to many fishermen.

# social-welfare - Thursday 10 April, 2014

Department carried out one million reviews of social welfare recipients last year

The Department of Social Protection says it saved €632 million in 2013 by carrying out the reviews in a bid to minimise social welfare fraud.