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#Social Welfare

# social-welfare - Tuesday 9 October, 2018

Here's what Budget 2019 means for people receiving social welfare payments

The Christmas bonus will be fully restored for the first time since the economic downturn.

# social-welfare - Sunday 7 October, 2018

Welfare increase, fuel hike and income tax cuts: Here's what's coming in Budget 2019

Petrol, diesel, fuel and cigarettes are all set to rise.

# social-welfare - Monday 1 October, 2018

Sinn Féin proposes €400 second-home tax, 5% high-earner levy and pension hike

The party’s alternative budget proposes a €1 billion boost for social housing.

# social-welfare - Friday 28 September, 2018

Over 11,000 jobseekers forced to do exact same programme twice

Concerns have been raised about the repeat fees being paid to the companies operating the Jobpath programme.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 25 September, 2018

'A cheap headline': Minister has no intention of scrapping welfare Christmas bonus

She said people on welfare payments were needlessly worried by news reports this morning.

# social-welfare - Thursday 30 August, 2018

Overhauling a dole system that 'discourages' jobseekers could help plug Ireland's skills gaps

The National Recruitment Federation also noted the cost of childcare is keeping people out of work.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 28 August, 2018

GPs accuse Dept of 'using vulnerable patients as fodder' in row over illness benefit forms

The Department of Social Protection has accused GPs of delaying the payouts of illness benefits.

People are waiting weeks for illness benefits due to an issue between GPs and Department

Many people have said that neither their GP or the Department informed them of the changeover in the forms required when claiming their benefit.

# social-welfare - Saturday 4 August, 2018

Over 1,000 inspections carried out by Welfare to detect 'bogus self employment'

More inspections are to be carried out in the near future.

# social-welfare - Monday 12 March, 2018

Extra week of fuel allowance to be paid this week to over 368,000 households after cold weather

In total, an extra €22.50 will be paid to over 368,000 households.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 28 February, 2018

Welfare payments due on Friday will now be paid tomorrow

The fuel allowance payment was also doubled for this week.

# social-welfare - Thursday 25 January, 2018

Mother-of-four who stole €100,000 in fraudulent social welfare payments sentenced to 10 months

The 61-year-old told gardaí she was “sorry, ashamed and embarrassed”.

# social-welfare - Thursday 4 January, 2018

Nearly 3,000 fuel allowance payments delayed after technical glitch

The Department of Social Protection said it was investigating the matter.

# 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

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