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#Social Welfare

# 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.

# social-welfare - Sunday 6 April, 2014

The 9 at 9: Sunday

It’s the last day of the weekend – and here’s everything you need to know as we start the day.

# social-welfare - Thursday 27 March, 2014

Self-employed treated like "second-class citizens" in social welfare system - ISME

ISME is calling for self-employed person to have the option of paying a higher rate of PRSI in order to entitled them to the same social welfare payments as their PAYE counterparts.

# social-welfare - Thursday 13 March, 2014

Column: The Troika created a social experiment – and Ireland was the unlucky lab rat

Today MEPs voted to endorse the findings of a report into the Troika – but ultimately there will be no sanctions. Ireland is not yet free from economic shackles, writes Nessa Childers MEP.

# social-welfare - Monday 3 March, 2014

Most of 500,000 identity cards in Ireland issued to social welfare claimants

Almost 239,000 of these cards have been issued in Dublin.

# social-welfare - Friday 21 February, 2014

Dole cut for long-term unemployed who refuse to work in local authorities

The INOU said participants need to be matched appropriately to suitable positions.

# social-welfare - Monday 10 February, 2014

The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning! Here are the nine stories you need to know this morning as the week begins.

# social-welfare - Sunday 2 February, 2014

Fake news site Waterford Whispers is planning to create some real jobs…

Former bar trade worker Colm Williamson’s hoping to create five jobs over the next year as he goes full-time with ‘Ireland’s Number One Satire News Source’.

# social-welfare - Thursday 30 January, 2014

Column: The Government stalls while people with mobility difficulties fall deeper into isolation

The Government had a knee-jerk reaction last year and cut Mobility Allowance to new applicants. Nearly 12 months later, those in need are still in limbo, writes Anne-Maree Quinn.

# social-welfare - Sunday 26 January, 2014

Burton defends welfare checks on widows and widowers

The issue has been in the spotlight after an elderly woman had her pension stopped when she refused to engage with inspectors.

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning! Here are the nine things you need to know this stormy Sunday morning…

# social-welfare - Thursday 9 January, 2014

Column: The State’s new year resolution should be to cherish all children equally

Cuts introduced since the beginning of the economic crisis have had a devastating effect on lone parent families, writes Louise Bayliss.

# social-welfare - Sunday 29 December, 2013

More than 40 Intreo Centres to be active by February 2014

Jobseekers can receive payments and supports at the new centres.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 24 December, 2013

No decision on income tax cut until closer to the Budget - Kenny

Middle-income families stand to benefit from any tax cuts next year, but by how much won’t be clearer until closer to the October Budget.

# social-welfare - Monday 23 December, 2013

An Post wins new contract to keep delivering social welfare payments

The department say that the contract is worth more than €50 million a year to An Post.

# social-welfare - Saturday 21 December, 2013

Over 141,000 social welfare applications rejected in 2013

Figures from the Department of Social Protection revealed more than 23,000 appeals were lodged in the first ten months of this year.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 18 December, 2013

Social housing waiting list falls to almost 90,000 households

Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan said it emphasised the need for “momentum behind the delivery of social housing”.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 11 December, 2013

Average household receives €327 per week in social welfare payments

87 per cent of households now receive some kind of payment from the government in the form of child benefit, State pension or another social welfare payment.

# social-welfare - Sunday 8 December, 2013

Burton: Maternity benefit cuts aren't a disincentive to women working

Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked Minister Burton about the new maternity benefit rate being brought in under Budget 2014.

# social-welfare - Thursday 5 December, 2013

WATCH: TDs try to figure out what 'amazeballs' means

The only problem was they were pronouncing it ‘amazey-balls’.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 4 December, 2013

Column: Restoring the Christmas bonus should be a no-brainer

A reintroduction of the Christmas bonus would be a huge boost for both people who rely on social welfare payments and for the economy, writes Patrick Nulty TD.

# social-welfare - Sunday 1 December, 2013

€1 million deducted from social welfare benefits to pay property tax

Over 15,000 people opted to have the tax taken from their payment.

# social-welfare - Sunday 24 November, 2013

Burton: There'll be no delay restoring Jobseeker payments for seasonal workers

The Minister for Social Protection is advising anyone taking up work for Christmas to let their local social welfare office know.

# social-welfare - Thursday 21 November, 2013

Ireland spends less of its social protection budget on old age benefit than anywhere in EU

The state has one of the highest spends on healthcare, however.

# social-welfare - Sunday 10 November, 2013

Separated dad sets up 'equality group' after Budget tax changes

New proposed changes to the One Parent Family Credit have been announced – and separated parents are not happy.

# social-welfare - Saturday 2 November, 2013

Burton calls for 'living wage' and says welfare state makes employers 'efficient'

The Minister for Social Protection has made a significant speech on the welfare state today.

Three Labour senators targeted over dole cut but they'll support measure

Young people are being urged to lobby three Labour senators to vote against a provision of the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill in the Seanad next week but they will all support the measure.

# social-welfare - Friday 1 November, 2013

Students protest cuts to social welfare by eating beans on a couch at Leinster House

They also dressed as members of cabinet to highlight the differences in income between politicians and the unemployed.

# social-welfare - Monday 28 October, 2013

Switzerland is to vote on giving every citizen an unconditional income of €2,000

This is the result of a system where proposals which receive 100,000 signatures can be voted on by the public.

Irish man considers joining British army to pull family out of poverty Exclusive

The 25-year-old father of two said he was told he would be expected to spend six months in Afghanistan if he enlisted.

# social-welfare - Sunday 27 October, 2013

Questions raised over lack of records for Emergency Needs Payments

Charities supporting those struggling financially said it would be helpful to have information on the reasons people are seeking the payment to assess needs.

# social-welfare - Friday 25 October, 2013

'Mean, ruthless, vicious': TD scathing as Dáil votes to abolish bereavement grant

One opposition TD labelled the cut to the €850 grant as “a mean, ruthless, vicious targeting of people at their most vulnerable time”.

Social Welfare Bill moves to final stages before TDs go on their mid-term break

The Dáil will sit an extra day to focus on the bill, which was heard for the first time in the chamber yesterday.

# social-welfare - Thursday 24 October, 2013

Social Welfare and Pensions Bill passes second stage in Dáil

The bill passed the second stage by 79 votes to 44 and will now go before a committee.

Minister says welfare bill protects against poverty, TDs say it's 'mean and cruel'

A slight difference of opinion over Budget cuts in the Dáil chamber today…

# social-welfare - Monday 21 October, 2013

More than 2,400 penalties for jobseekers who refuse work or education

The figure for 2013 is already well ahead of the corresponding number of sanctions last year.

# social-welfare - Thursday 17 October, 2013

Gilmore: "The place for any young person is not permanently in front of a flatscreen"

The cut in dole payments for young people dominated Leader’s Questions, following a Labour backbencher’s remark about young people ‘stuck watching flatscreens’.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 15 October, 2013

Higher rate of Invalidity Pension to be phased out

A higher level of payment offered within the scheme is to be cut for certain recipients.

Telephone allowance, maternity benefit and medical cards hit hard in Budget

Brendan Howlin’s announcement of a review of all medical cards was greeted with jeers from members of the opposition parties.