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#Welfare

# welfare - Wednesday 12 June, 2013

HSE had 'no proper basis' to refuse payment for woman and suicidal daughter
# Ombudsman
# Ombudsman

HSE had 'no proper basis' to refuse payment for woman and suicidal daughter

Jun 12th 2013, 2:41 PM 10,829 Views 49 Comments

Kileni, who fled South Africa after the murder of her husband and suffered Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, waited over a year for the payment awarded to her.

# welfare - Thursday 6 June, 2013

Column: The social welfare system is in a state of flux – and it's failing jobseekers
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: The social welfare system is in a state of flux – and it's failing jobseekers

Jun 6th 2013, 7:00 AM 75 Views 61 Comments

Many unemployed people struggle with accessing the correct information on what they are (or are not) entitled to – and the problem is compounded by misinformation and misdirection within the system, writes Brid O’Brien.

# welfare - Monday 29 April, 2013

Burton urged to take action so State can save €21m a year
# Savings
# Savings

Burton urged to take action so State can save €21m a year

Apr 29th 2013, 3:06 PM 9,022 Views 17 Comments

Roisín Shorthall says that if the State was to be reimbursed by insurers for welfare payments taken out while people are injured and claim welfare, they could save millions.

# welfare - Saturday 27 April, 2013

Aaron McKenna: We need to pay for our pensions to remove the burden on future taxpayers
# Opinion
# Opinion

Aaron McKenna: We need to pay for our pensions to remove the burden on future taxpayers

Apr 27th 2013, 8:00 AM 18 Views 40 Comments

The only way to ensure the long-term prosperity of our retirees without burdening our children with unfair taxes is to create a state-backed – rather than entirely state funded – pension system that is means tested, writes Aaron McKenna.

# welfare - Tuesday 2 April, 2013

150k sign petition after UK Minister says he could live on €63 a week
# Welfare
# Welfare

150k sign petition after UK Minister says he could live on €63 a week

Apr 2nd 2013, 2:15 PM 14,523 Views 53 Comments

The petition was set up to challenge Iain Duncan Smith to prove that he would be able to survive on benefits.

# welfare - Friday 1 March, 2013

New figures on foreign nationals 'debunk migrant welfare myth'
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

New figures on foreign nationals 'debunk migrant welfare myth'

Mar 1st 2013, 3:41 PM 14,758 Views 78 Comments

The CSO report said that the decline in employment activity for foreign nationals has not resulted in a corresponding increase in social welfare activity.

# welfare - Tuesday 5 February, 2013

Economic crisis has underlined the 'critical importance' of the welfare state - Burton
# Welfare
# Welfare

Economic crisis has underlined the 'critical importance' of the welfare state - Burton

Feb 5th 2013, 6:00 AM 5,121 Views 96 Comments

The Minister for Social Protection said that without welfare payment, “millions of families across the EU would literally be left with nothing”.

# welfare - Tuesday 11 December, 2012

ESRI: One in five people are living in jobless households
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

ESRI: One in five people are living in jobless households

Dec 11th 2012, 10:48 AM 4,149 Views 54 Comments

The percentage of households where adults are not working has grown from 15 per cent to 22 per cent in just three years.

# welfare - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

Families told to wait up to 10 months for welfare payment
# Welfare
# Welfare

Families told to wait up to 10 months for welfare payment

Nov 21st 2012, 6:45 AM 15,064 Views 58 Comments

A father-of-three from Carlow shares his story with TheJournal.ie.

# welfare - Wednesday 3 October, 2012

Oireachtas committee considers access to welfare for self-employed
# Welfare
# Welfare

Oireachtas committee considers access to welfare for self-employed

Oct 3rd 2012, 1:19 PM 5,906 Views 38 Comments

The committee heard from the Self Employed Alliance Dundalk who said there has been “unjust, unwarranted discrimination” against self-employed people.

# welfare - Monday 1 October, 2012

Report recommends child benefit be cut to about €100 per month
# Child Benefit
# Child Benefit

Report recommends child benefit be cut to about €100 per month

Oct 1st 2012, 7:34 AM 11,118 Views 87 Comments

A so-called “two tier” child benefit system, recommended by an advisory group to the Social Protection Minister, would see child benefit payments cut to about €100 per month.

# welfare - Tuesday 7 August, 2012

Burton: No plans to change disability allowance eligibility
# Disability Allowance
# Disability Allowance

Burton: No plans to change disability allowance eligibility

Aug 7th 2012, 8:33 PM 5,155 Views 47 Comments

The Minister noted a surge in applications for disability allowance, but denied any changes in criteria or conditions.

# welfare - Friday 27 July, 2012

Column: Dark, damp room or the street – this is the choice faced by many
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Dark, damp room or the street – this is the choice faced by many

Jul 27th 2012, 7:00 AM 74 Views 82 Comments

Cuts to rent supplement are forcing people to make impossible choices, writes Bob Jordan of Threshold.

# welfare - Friday 20 July, 2012

2.2 million received weekly social welfare payment last year - report
# Welfare
# Welfare

2.2 million received weekly social welfare payment last year - report

Jul 20th 2012, 6:24 PM 6,660 Views 70 Comments

The Minister for Social Protection has published two reports detailing work undertaken by her Department in 2011.

# welfare - Thursday 19 July, 2012

Poll: Should child benefit be means-tested?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should child benefit be means-tested?

Jul 19th 2012, 10:17 AM 10,494 Views 169 Comments

The IMF has suggested that the universal payment could be means-tested to save money. What do you think?

# welfare - Saturday 7 July, 2012

Column: Centra’s gaffe isn’t the real problem here – our welfare system is
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Centra’s gaffe isn’t the real problem here – our welfare system is

Jul 7th 2012, 8:00 AM 100 Views 166 Comments

It’s not news that some benefits are spent on alcohol, writes Aaron McKenna. Time for a simple change to the system.

# welfare - Monday 2 July, 2012

Ulster Bank will pay utility bills for some customers
# Ulster Bank
# Ulster Bank

Ulster Bank will pay utility bills for some customers

Jul 2nd 2012, 7:36 AM 7,481 Views 30 Comments

The bank is still struggling to clear a backlog of payments.

# welfare - Sunday 17 June, 2012

Junior minister under fire over 'no work, no benefits' call
# Welfare
# Welfare

Junior minister under fire over 'no work, no benefits' call

Jun 17th 2012, 3:31 PM 6,510 Views 42 Comments

Shane McEntee’s suggestion that young people shouldn’t get welfare unless they join a work scheme has been labelled “hypocritical” by a youth group.

Working costs parents up to €400 a week - provisional study
# Cost Of Work
# Cost Of Work

Working costs parents up to €400 a week - provisional study

Jun 17th 2012, 1:26 PM 5,308 Views 26 Comments

However, the costs fall dramatically as children grow older and begin school.

# welfare - Saturday 16 June, 2012

Just 10-20 per cent of people better off on dole, says ESRI
# Benefits
# Benefits

Just 10-20 per cent of people better off on dole, says ESRI

Jun 16th 2012, 10:04 AM 4,788 Views 64 Comments

The economic think-tank has revised the findings from a controversial working paper which it pulled earlier this week.

# welfare - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Column: The problems with Richard Tol's ESRI working paper
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: The problems with Richard Tol's ESRI working paper

Jun 13th 2012, 12:30 PM 51 Views 22 Comments

Are economists better placed than psychologists to explain why people go to work? Nat O’Connor looks at the controversial ESRI working paper.

# welfare - Sunday 10 June, 2012

101 prisoners claimed social welfare despite being behind bars this year
# Prison
# Prison

101 prisoners claimed social welfare despite being behind bars this year

Jun 10th 2012, 9:30 AM 6,916 Views 38 Comments

The Department of Social Protection has been cracking down on the number of prisoners who claim social welfare benefits while in jail.

# welfare - Monday 28 May, 2012

Column: Our welfare system is broken. We can fix it… by paying everybody.
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Our welfare system is broken. We can fix it… by paying everybody.

May 28th 2012, 7:15 AM 994 Views 112 Comments

Paying rich and poor alike might sound counter-intuitive – but it could lay the foundation for a welfare system that works, writes Anne B Ryan.

# welfare - Wednesday 9 May, 2012

What is the Public Services Card?
# ID Card
# ID Card

What is the Public Services Card?

May 9th 2012, 6:45 AM 44,785 Views 72 Comments

The Public Services Card will include facial imaging software to help detect and prevent welfare fraud. What else do we know about this new ID card?

# welfare - Thursday 5 April, 2012

Airport and rent inspectors will be used to combat welfare fraud
# Fraud
# Fraud

Airport and rent inspectors will be used to combat welfare fraud

Apr 5th 2012, 2:07 PM 11,931 Views 107 Comments

Welfare fraud inspectors will be deployed to all entry and exit points to the country.

# welfare - Thursday 22 March, 2012

New standards for protection and welfare of children launched
# Children
# Children

New standards for protection and welfare of children launched

Mar 22nd 2012, 3:48 PM 1,640 Views 0 Comments

Members of the public are being asked for their opinions on the proposed new national standards, which are for the protection and welfare of children in Ireland.

# welfare - Wednesday 14 March, 2012

Column: Our welfare system is wasteful – and a timebomb for our children
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Our welfare system is wasteful – and a timebomb for our children

Mar 14th 2012, 7:30 AM 394 Views 57 Comments

As benefits for the most vulnerable are cut, our system throws money at others who don’t need it, writes Aaron McKenna.

# welfare - Friday 9 March, 2012

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Social welfare
# One Year In
# One Year In

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Social welfare

Mar 9th 2012, 2:00 AM 905 Views 3 Comments

Has Joan Burton kept the government’s promises of reversing cuts while keeping all baseline social welfare rates unchanged?

# welfare - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

Column: We should be giving jobless people the money we’re wasting
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: We should be giving jobless people the money we’re wasting

Feb 21st 2012, 7:30 AM 27 Views 50 Comments

The funds we’re currently spending on make-work training programmes should be handed directly to unemployed people, writes Aaron McKenna.

# welfare - Thursday 16 February, 2012

# welfare - Monday 6 February, 2012

Those on benefits do not have enough for 'basic standard of living'
# Welfare
# Welfare

Those on benefits do not have enough for 'basic standard of living'

Feb 6th 2012, 8:31 AM 5,067 Views 135 Comments

A report being launched today highlights the difficulties of those in receipt of jobseeker’s benefit who do not have enough to meet their physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs.

# welfare - Tuesday 24 January, 2012

New welfare 'profiling' to determine when jobless likely to find work
# Welfare
# Welfare

New welfare 'profiling' to determine when jobless likely to find work

Jan 24th 2012, 7:47 PM 5,512 Views 83 Comments

The new system aims to reduce long-term unemployment – and penalise people who refuse work or training.

# welfare - Tuesday 10 January, 2012

Greece classes paedophilia as a 'disability'
# Greece
# Greece

Greece classes paedophilia as a 'disability'

Jan 10th 2012, 7:39 PM 41,722 Views 60 Comments

The expansion of the list of state-recognised disability categories to include paedophiles, kleptomaniacs and sadomasochists has concerned disability groups in Greece.

# welfare - Wednesday 7 December, 2011

Infographic of the day: Budget 2012
# Budget 2012
# Budget 2012

Infographic of the day: Budget 2012

Dec 7th 2011, 12:13 PM 4,078 Views 6 Comments

The VAT increase, the Household Charge, cigarettes and alcohol – get all of the main points of Budget 2012 in two rather nifty infographics.

# welfare - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

Column: We had to make difficult cuts in the Budget - but these are extraordinary times
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: We had to make difficult cuts in the Budget - but these are extraordinary times

Dec 6th 2011, 7:30 AM 20 Views 101 Comments

Social welfare spending has to be cut in order to balance the budget – but we can still protect the most vulnerable, says Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection.

# welfare - Sunday 2 October, 2011

€28,000 yearly welfare payments are not indicative of average families - Department
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

€28,000 yearly welfare payments are not indicative of average families - Department

Oct 2nd 2011, 3:27 PM 1,287 Views 42 Comments

Figures put together by the Department of Social Protection show reveal how much a family of six on social welfare could receive in a year.

# welfare - Tuesday 13 September, 2011

Joan Burton launches crackdown on 'unfair' welfare fraud
# Welfare
# Welfare

Joan Burton launches crackdown on 'unfair' welfare fraud

Sep 13th 2011, 7:36 AM 1,859 Views 26 Comments

The initiative could save the State €625 million by next year, and has already seen some people’s payments stopped.

# welfare - Monday 5 September, 2011

# welfare - Thursday 18 August, 2011