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# Social Welfare

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# Social Welfare
9,000 families to lose one-parent payment from today
Changes to the plan were announced two years ago.
# sit tight
Appealing a social welfare decision? You could be in for a long wait
The average processing time of an appeal is six months.
# Social Protection
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.
# Oireachtas agenda
Does Ireland's corporate tax rate need to be changed?
TDs will debate the controversial issue in the Dáil today.
# Social Welfare
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.
# Oireachtas agenda
How is the government revamping the social welfare system?
That’s one of the subjects up for debate in Leinster House today.
# Irish Water
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.
# in limbo
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.
# Your Say
Poll: Should all jobseekers be paid social welfare payments electronically?
The Government is unsure if the move would save money, but it’s looking into it.
# Dole
Government unsure if paying social welfare electronically will save money
This is due to the scale of anti-fraud measures that must be developed.
# Fraud
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”.
# Jobseekers
Taoiseach warns of risk of 'welfare dependency' despite falling unemployment
An Taoiseach made the comments as Live Register declined for the 22nd consecutive month.
# Live Register
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.
# fraudsters
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.
Voices
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.
# opportunities
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.
# crackdown
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.
# Not happy
Complaints against social welfare staff have increased six-fold
Some 171 complaints were made against named officers in 2013, up from 27 in 2010.
# hello officer
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.
# Recovery
Recovering from the rains: Fishing industry battles on
However, funding remains a significant hindrance to many fishermen.
# Social Protection
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.
# Jobseekers
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.
Voices
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.
# who are you
Most of 500,000 identity cards in Ireland issued to social welfare claimants
Almost 239,000 of these cards have been issued in Dublin.
# Back to Work
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.
# this just in
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’.
Voices
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.
# pension checks
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.
Voices
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.
# Jobseekers
More than 40 Intreo Centres to be active by February 2014
Jobseekers can receive payments and supports at the new centres.
# Taxes
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.
# Welfare Payments
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
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.
# housing stock
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”.
# ESRI
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.
# Maternity
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.