# social-welfare - Tuesday 23 April, 2013
John Martin, who was behind the major OECD study published into Ireland’s pensions timebomb, says private pensions need to start sending regular letters out to people. Here’s why.
# social-welfare - Monday 22 April, 2013
People are living longer so it makes sense to increase the pension age beyond 68 – so says the man behind today’s OECD report into Ireland’s pensions.
# social-welfare - Thursday 18 April, 2013
Aoife O’Connor has gone to college, got good results, borrowed money to get more qualifications by doing a postgrad, but she still finds herself with no job. Here she asks why she can’t catch a break?
# social-welfare - Friday 5 April, 2013
The Government has no democratic mandate from the electorate for a property tax. In fact, they were elected on the very opposite of commitments, writes Kieran Allen.
# social-welfare - Thursday 14 March, 2013
The Public Accounts Committee scrutinises the accounts of the Department of Social Protection this morning.
# social-welfare - Friday 8 March, 2013
# social-welfare - Wednesday 6 March, 2013
Joan Burton reveals that the average welfare payment for religious ceremony clothing went from €245 to €120.
# social-welfare - Friday 1 March, 2013
5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock…
The CSO report said that the decline in employment activity for foreign nationals has not resulted in a corresponding increase in social welfare activity.
# social-welfare - Friday 22 February, 2013
The Sinn Féin TD said the idea was “simply wrong” at a time when households are experiencing financial distress.
# social-welfare - Thursday 21 February, 2013
The recommended two-tier child benefit system will worsen the situation of families who are already struggling, the charity said.
# social-welfare - Monday 4 February, 2013
# social-welfare - Saturday 19 January, 2013
# social-welfare - Friday 18 January, 2013
Sinn Féin wants to make it legally possible for someone to declare a welfare overpayment without penalty.
# social-welfare - Friday 4 January, 2013
The number of people aged 25 or under on the live register dropped for the 29th month in a row.
# social-welfare - Tuesday 1 January, 2013
Happy New Year! Here’s the nine things you need to know as you begin the first morning of 2013.
# social-welfare - Saturday 29 December, 2012
# social-welfare - Thursday 20 December, 2012
Crowds gathered today to protest against job and benefit cuts as well as the tax increases passed today.
# social-welfare - Wednesday 19 December, 2012
The Labour Party spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Heffernan has resigned the whip.
# social-welfare - Sunday 16 December, 2012
# social-welfare - Saturday 15 December, 2012
The Labout TD said ministers and party members were attempting to distract from problematic issues in the budget.
# social-welfare - Wednesday 12 December, 2012
# social-welfare - Tuesday 11 December, 2012
The percentage of households where adults are not working has grown from 15 per cent to 22 per cent in just three years.
# social-welfare - Sunday 9 December, 2012
“I think it is and it has to be,” Labour TD Colm Keaveney said when asked whether child benefit was still up for negotiation in the Budget.
The decision to cut the grant by over €300 has proved controversial. Should it be reversed or does the government need to stick to its plans?
# social-welfare - Saturday 8 December, 2012
A Fine Gael TD and a Senator have both asked the Minister to reconsider the decision to cut the grant by over €300.
# social-welfare - Thursday 6 December, 2012
Two Dublin TDs want to stop the government from cutting child benefit – but if they can’t, will they vote against the Budget?
The cuts contained in this Budget fly in the face of Government statements on growth and protection. They’re difficult to justify, writes Michael Taft.
Michael Noonan says paying €5.08 extra a week for a guaranteed pension is “the best value anyone will ever get”.
The government’s going to spend €69 billion in total next year. So where does the average taxpayer’s money go?
The Dáil debates the Budget and the Expert Group report, while the Seanad allows secular bodies to perform civil ceremonies.
It’s the morning after the €3.5 billion day before… so let’s bring you up to speed. Good morning!
# social-welfare - Wednesday 5 December, 2012
# social-welfare - Sunday 2 December, 2012
The Social Protection minister says a range of ‘easy-pay options’ are being considered for payment of the property tax.
# social-welfare - Saturday 1 December, 2012
The Budget is days away and though there has been fewer leaks than last year there’s plenty of speculation. This is what we can expect on Wednesday… definitely, maybe.
# social-welfare - Friday 30 November, 2012
Reports suggest the government is planning to cut child benefit from €140 to €130 per month. What do you think – good idea? Bad idea?
Various reports indicate that child benefit will be cut from €140 to €130 per child in next week’s Budget.