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# social-welfare - Yesterday’s News

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# social-welfare - Saturday 24 June, 2017

An extra 1,500 social welfare fraud cases have been reported since start of 'Cheats' campaign

There have been 4,859 reports received by the department since 18 April, compared to 3,322 in the same period last year.

# social-welfare - Friday 16 June, 2017

Limerick mayor hopeful under fire for comments on immigrants claiming social welfare

Councillor Stephen Keary made the comments at a recent council meeting.

# social-welfare - Monday 12 June, 2017

Writers and artists will now find it a lot easier to get social welfare

The government initiative will allow artists access social welfare supports.

# social-welfare - Friday 2 June, 2017

From poisoned chalice to top of the table... Leo Varadkar now destined to be Taoiseach? Profile This post contains videos

From poisoned chalice to top of the table... Leo Varadkar now destined to be Taoiseach?

The Social Protection Minister could succeed Enda Kenny as leader of Fine Gael … and the country.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 31 May, 2017

Leo's department said there was only one identity fraud case this year but there's actually been 11

Sinn Féin has called on the government to end this “dishonest welfare fraud campaign”.

Most people support Leo Varadkar's welfare fraud campaign - poll

Former social welfare inspector Bernadette Gorman called Varadkar’s latest policy a “solo run” and “hate campaign”.

# social-welfare - Thursday 18 May, 2017

An Post agent who cheated pensioners out of their welfare with 'cock and bull story' avoids jail

Maureen Walsh had told welfare recipients that she didn’t have money at the time to pay them.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 10 May, 2017

Government apologises for backlog in maternity benefit payments

Leo Varadkar said online applications are processed ‘much quicker’ than paperwork.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 9 May, 2017

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.

# social-welfare - Friday 5 May, 2017

Reports of suspected social welfare fraud double after launch of advertising campaign

Leo Varadkar’s department made €41 million in overpayments due to customer fraud in 2016.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 18 April, 2017

'Welfare cheats cheat us all': New campaign wants public to blow the whistle on welfare fraud

It’s estimated that last year suspected fraud overpayments of Jobseeker’s Allowance cost €14 million.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 12 April, 2017

Thousands of families to lose out on money for childcare as Revenue can't give data to government

Revenue is not yet in a position to share information with the relevant department.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 4 April, 2017

'Any young girl on social welfare like me would have done what I did'

Single mother avoids jail after “massive spending spree” when bank accidentally deposited €51,000 into her account.

# social-welfare - Monday 30 January, 2017

Investigation: What is Nama doing to help increase social housing supply?

The ‘bad bank’ has identified almost 7,000 properties that are potentially suitable for social housing, with demand being confirmed for over 2,700.

Ireland's maternity benefit now helps migrants who want to travel home

Mothers who want to leave the EU to travel home can now continue to get maternity leave – which wasn’t the case before now.

'It's soul-destroying, like going for a job interview once a week and every time you don’t get it'

Three people who recently moved into a former Nama-owned property explain what having their own home means to them.

# social-welfare - Thursday 5 January, 2017

Varadkar says lone parents can earn more under measure that kicks in today

Changes have been made to the One-Parent Family Payment and the Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment.

# social-welfare - Thursday 22 December, 2016

Jump in reports of people allegedly working and claiming social welfare

The Department of Social Protection received over 20,000 reports of welfare fraud from members of the public up to the end of November.

# social-welfare - Monday 28 November, 2016

Social welfare Christmas bonus for 1.2 million people to be paid this week

This year’s bonus will be 85% of a welfare recipient’s weekly payment.

# social-welfare - Sunday 13 November, 2016

'Utterly appalling': Anger expressed at waiting times for carer's allowance claims

More than 4,000 people are waiting for their applications to be processed, with an average wait time of 14 weeks.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 1 November, 2016

Waiting times for social welfare payments vary from one week to 40 weeks

As of 30 September, the average waiting time to receive a carer’s allowance was about nine months.

# social-welfare - Thursday 20 October, 2016

Varadkar confirms details around this year's welfare Christmas bonus

Some 1.2 million people will receive the extra money.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 11 October, 2016

'There are lots of jobs available': Leo defends lower jobseekers' payments to young people

Young jobseekers will get an increase of €2.70 to their payment per week next year.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 27 September, 2016

FactCheck: Did the last government cut payments to lone parents?

FactCheck looks into a a controversial claim made by Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar on Morning Ireland yesterday.

# social-welfare - Thursday 1 September, 2016

Live Register: The number of people signing on has fallen below 300,000

The figures show that there are now 299,200 people officially signed on, compared with 340,700 from this time last year.

# social-welfare - Sunday 24 July, 2016

# social-welfare - Tuesday 7 June, 2016

Woman who fraudulently claimed €100,000 in sister's benefits caught out by her ringing phone

The court heard that the Dublin pensioner had been collecting the social welfare for 20 years.

# social-welfare - Sunday 22 May, 2016

'Completely unacceptable': 21-week wait for carer's allowance claims to be processed

The Department of Social Protection said processing times vary for different payments, depending on the qualification criteria.

# social-welfare - Saturday 23 April, 2016

Social welfare office workers suffer punches and have chairs thrown at them

A union representing workers in Intreo offices said these employees need greater protection.

# social-welfare - Friday 22 April, 2016

Joan's department recovered €83m in social welfare overpayments last year

Nearly 360 fraud cases were submitted for prosecution in 2015.

# social-welfare - Monday 28 March, 2016

‘I never thought I would be unemployed aged 53. I feel I have to beg for social welfare’

An anonymous contributor writes about what it’s like to find yourself jobless with no money after working for over 33 years.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 16 February, 2016

Fine Gael wants to increase the dole by €27*

*But the payment will be scaled back the longer a person is out of work.

# social-welfare - Thursday 28 January, 2016

Landlord says barriers at social welfare building were not targeted at the homeless

The management company said it installed the railings in response to anti-social behaviour.

# social-welfare - Thursday 7 January, 2016

There has been another drop in the number of people on the live register

The number of people signing on in December was 34,496 fewer than in the same month in 2014.

# social-welfare - Friday 11 December, 2015

David Norris says people on social welfare shouldn't be allowed to buy drink

The independent senator said alcohol had now become “a human right” in Ireland.

# social-welfare - Saturday 5 December, 2015

How we could abolish all welfare and introduce a basic income for everyone

A basic income is a regular payment from the state, granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement. Here’s how it could be implemented in Ireland.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 1 December, 2015

Six family members kicked off bus lose defamation claim

The court heard Jennifer Dardis had previous convictions for theft and having had possession of “some sort of weapon”.

# social-welfare - Monday 23 November, 2015

Under 26 and on the dole? Labour has some good news for you – sort of

Young adults are currently paid a lower rate of jobseeker’s allowance.

Joan denies an unemployed man was told to apply for 200-300 jobs a week

The Tánaiste said it was deemed that the man was ‘not genuinely seeking work’.

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