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#Welfare

# 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 14,736 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 5,118 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 4,138 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 15,042 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 5,898 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 11,108 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 5,138 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 61 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 6,646 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 10,476 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 90 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 7,460 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 6,500 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 5,298 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 4,770 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 38 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 6,788 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 970 Views 111 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 44,754 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 11,915 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 1,625 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 359 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 892 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 21 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 5,010 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 5,496 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 41,125 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 4,068 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 10 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 1,278 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 1,842 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

# welfare - Wednesday 10 August, 2011

Welfare recipients encouraged to avail of Back to Education scheme
# Back To Education
# Back To Education

Welfare recipients encouraged to avail of Back to Education scheme

Aug 10th 2011, 4:58 PM 994 Views 16 Comments

Almost €200 million has been made available for the scheme, but the inability of applicants to apply for the student maintenance grant on top of the allowance is being criticised.

# welfare - Monday 25 July, 2011

Enda Kenny announces 'radical' changes to welfare
# Welfare
# Welfare

Enda Kenny announces 'radical' changes to welfare

Jul 25th 2011, 8:56 AM 3,763 Views 110 Comments

The Taoiseach also warned of further spending cuts, saying we can “no longer afford” certain services.

# welfare - Monday 18 July, 2011

Joan Burton criticised over welfare 'lifestyle choice' comments
# Lifestyle Choice
# Lifestyle Choice

Joan Burton criticised over welfare 'lifestyle choice' comments

Jul 18th 2011, 2:14 PM 6,213 Views 140 Comments

Sinn Féin described the Minister’s comments as “galling” – saying that the government had failed to create jobs for the unemployed.

New rules mean 55 people have dole cut with more to come
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

New rules mean 55 people have dole cut with more to come

Jul 18th 2011, 11:25 AM 2,120 Views 49 Comments

Joan Burton wants to target those for whom welfare is a “lifestyle choice”.