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# Welfare

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2022
# Welfare
Core welfare payments increasing by €12 and plan for one-off double payments confirmed
A number of other social welfare measures were also announced.
There will be a double payment of child benefit paid out in November.
The Fuel Allowance is set to have it's means test ceiling raised, alongside a €400 lump sum.
The total package is worth €2.2 billion.
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# Welfare
Employees who are forced to self-isolate due to monkeypox advised to apply for Illness Benefit
Financial supports may available to those who contract the virus.
# Welfare
Ice skating raises minimum age from 15 to 17 following Valieva Olympic controversy
One hundred countries voted to support the measure, with only 16 opposed.
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# ESRI
ESRI warns of 'real cuts' to low-income families and retired couples if prices keep rising
The research into Tuesday’s budget was published by the Economic and Social Research Institute.
# Welfare
State pension and core social welfare payments to increase by €5 per week
A range of other social welfare increases was announced.
This will bring the full State pension to €253.30 per week.
A €5 increase to the Fuel Allowance comes into effect from midnight.
The Living Alone Allowance will also increase by €3 per week.
# Covid PUP
Number of people getting Covid PUP falls below 100,000 for the first time
The Department of Social Protection said that 97,130 people got a payment this week.
# shape of the game
World Rugby will globally trial the 50:22 kick and new breakdown laws
The new laws could have a big impact on the shape and safety of the game.
# Welfare
Child benefit instalment unpaid for older teenagers due to delay with forms
Several families who expected to be given the payment this week have not received it.
# covid payment
Almost half a million people to receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow
Construction is the sector that has seen the largest increase in the number of people receiving PUP this week.
# pup payments
New arrangements for people to claim Pandemic Unemployment Payment between now and new year
Minister Heather Humphreys said applications would be processed “without delay”.
# Welfare
Online abuse sees EPCR switch referee Brace's Champions Cup appointment
‘With his welfare and development as a referee to the fore, this course of action was deemed to be appropriate.’
# Jobseekers
Jobs market at 2016 levels as government tells PUP recipients to 'genuinely seek work'
Jobseekers will face tough competition with hundreds of thousands of people still out of work as a direct result of the pandemic.
# Welfare
Minister signals change to pandemic unemployment payment on the way
Some 95,800 people are now receiving the reduced payment of €203 per week.
# Welfare
Student housing crisis: 'We have students who are sleeping in cars, on their friends' floors'
UCD’s Welfare Officer said that students are coming to her office with sleeping bags.
# National Review Panel
Teenage girl was on mental health waiting list for three months before suicide
Niamh’s case is among three child deaths examined by the National Review Panel.
# Dublin
Gardaí concerned for missing girl (16) last seen getting into grey BMW
Elaine Sweeney was last seen getting into the grey BMW in Lucan.
# Parental Leave
'It's about a culture change': New welfare payment which could benefit up to 60,000 parents announced
Details of the Parental Leave scheme were announced this morning.
# Galway
Gardaí concerned for welfare of missing 24-year-old man
Conor Burke was last seen in the early hours of this morning at 1.45am in Galway City.
# Welfare
Music teacher claimed €175,000 in welfare while living in €3,000 penthouse apartment, court told
He is repaying €100 a week.
# in the name of science
'Severe' experiments on live animals increased in Ireland last year
Experiments included “inducing cancer in animals… and acute poisoning tests that stop just short of death.”
# Road Safety
RSA says Public Services Card will help crack down on fraudulent driving licences
The card has been under the spotlight recently after a number of stories of people losing out on public services.
# Metiria Turei
Greens co-leader in New Zealand resigns after admitting to welfare fraud
Metiria Turei revealed she wrongfully claimed welfare benefits to support her baby while studying for a law degree in the early 1990s.
# Benefits
'Snot-nosed, hostile, passive aggressive': Complaints about staff at Dublin welfare offices
Details of complaints were released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.
# Signing on
Number of young people signing on now stands at over 32,000
There are currently over 11,000 young people in long-term unemployment.
# cheat us all
Dept had concerns over calling people 'cheats' in controversial welfare ad campaign
Newly-released FOI documents show that the Department had considered changing the title to something less forceful.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you inform on your neighbours if you suspected they were welfare cheats?
Nearly 20,000 people reported suspicious behaviour last year.
# Player Welfare
Former Canada lock summons Clermont to court over concussions
The French giants say it is not ‘a complaint against the club’ and that Jamie Cudmore is merely seeking medical expertise.
# Welfare
Department of Social Protection pursued a woman for €20,000, but she was actually owed €700
The incident was included as a case study in the Office of the Ombudsman’s annual report for 2016.
# name and shame
Every three months, the government will publish the names and addresses of welfare fraudsters
The provision is included in the Social Welfare Bill 2017, which was published today.
# FRAUDULENT CLAIM
Woman who claimed over €100k in welfare fraud 'used it to pay off son's drug debt'
Carol Clarke claimed welfare payments under her sister’s name for 17 years.
# At Breaking Point
Irish soldiers 'depend on loan sharks and welfare payments' to support their families
Family members gathered outside barracks all across the country today to highlight pay issues.
# Child Welfare
'It's an extremely Draconian act': Judge denies Tusla bid to place children into care
“This court doesn’t operate on worries or concerns,” the judge said. “It operates on facts.”
# Court
'I don't want waiting lists': Judge rules 'with a heavy heart' for kids to remain in foster care
The judge rejected an application to return the children home to their father.
# help with homelessness
Unemployed under-26s now have to pay less towards their rent supplement
They’ll save up to €80 a month.
# On the up
Social welfare increases to be rolled out in March
The State pension, Jobseeker’s Allowance and One Parent Family Payment among payments to benefit from increase.
# factcheck
FactCheck: How do jobseeker's payments here compare to Northern Ireland?
In the Dáil last week, Leo Varadkar asked TheJournal.ie for a fact check. We accepted that request.
# Unemployment
Ireland has the highest rate of young people receiving benefits across 35 countries
A recent report compared and measured the experience of youth across OECD member states.
# chilcot report
UK forces over-stretched and under pressure in Iraq and Afghanistan
The report sets out the challenges faced by British troops.