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#Social Welfare

# social-welfare - Monday 27 November, 2017

Christmas bonus to be paid to more than 1.2 million social welfare recipients this week

Abolished in 2009, the Christmas bonus was partially restored by the then Tánaiste Joan Burton in 2014 and has increased to the current 85%.

# social-welfare - Friday 24 November, 2017

Election or no election, the Christmas bonus will still be paid next week

But the Social Protection minister says that other changes to social welfare payments are “in limbo”.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 10 October, 2017

The Christmas bonus will be given at the start of December

The cost of the Christmas bonus is €219 million.

Man who stole €76,000 in welfare payments while running a successful courier business avoids jail

46-year-old Richard Burbridge committed the offences while operating a courier contract for the Courts Service.

Have kids? Here's what Budget 2018 means for parents

An increase to some child benefits, investment in the State’s free childcare scheme and more teachers are among the changes.

All weekly social welfare payments to increase by a fiver from March Fiver Friday This post contains videos

All weekly social welfare payments to increase by a fiver from March

A Christmas bonus of 85% will be paid to social welfare recipients this year.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 4 October, 2017

FactFind: How does Ireland's jobseeker's benefit compare to the rest of the EU?

One of the Budget talking points will be how our social welfare benefits compare to our EU counterparts.

# social-welfare - Friday 29 September, 2017

Six people were wrongly paid over €200,000 in social welfare

The six cases have all been reported to gardaí.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 5 September, 2017

Man with intellectual disabilities loses control of income after spending money on dating sites

The man’s food and rent bills have fallen into arrears by almost €2,000.

# social-welfare - Sunday 3 September, 2017

It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC?

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe is as culpable as anyone when it comes to the furore surrounding the Public Services Card. So why is he keeping such a low profile?

# social-welfare - Wednesday 30 August, 2017

Data Protection Commissioner calls for transparency over Public Services Card PSC

Data Protection Commissioner calls for transparency over Public Services Card

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty earlier said the card will “give an improved, enhanced and effective service”.

# social-welfare - Thursday 3 August, 2017

Social welfare recipients to earn extra cash filling dairy farm worker shortage

A new pilot programme will see recipients able to apply for four weeks of training as dairy operatives.

# social-welfare - Thursday 13 July, 2017

Social welfare issues made up almost half of queries to Citizens Information last year Cis

Social welfare issues made up almost half of queries to Citizens Information last year

The impenetrability of Irish systems cause daily anguish to people, according to Sr Stanislaus Kennedy.

# social-welfare - Thursday 6 July, 2017

Poll: Do you think all social welfare fraudsters should be named and shamed? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think all social welfare fraudsters should be named and shamed?

The names will be published on a quarterly basis on the Department of Social Protection’s website.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 5 July, 2017

Change to Leo's campaign: Only those convicted of fraud over €5,000 to have names published

The names will be published on a quarterly basis on the Department of Social Protection’s website.

# social-welfare - Friday 30 June, 2017

Woman who committed €31,000 worth of welfare fraud sentenced to community service

Patricia Sweeney had forged declaration of unemployment forms in order to carry out the fraud.

# 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, is Leo Varadkar now destined to be Taoiseach? Profile This post contains videos

From poisoned chalice to top of the table, is 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.

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