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#Social Welfare

# 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’.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 18 November, 2015

Willie O’Dea told us about his radical plan to abolish all social welfare

The Fianna Fáil TD has proposed that a basic income replace all current state supports.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 28 October, 2015

What if we abolished welfare and gave everyone a basic income?

Fianna Fáil wants to examine the idea if it’s in government after the next election.

# social-welfare - Sunday 18 October, 2015

Educated, broke and fed up: how Ireland’s unemployed are struggling to get by

Unemployment rates may be dropping, but significant barriers still exist for those seeking work in Ireland.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 13 October, 2015

People without jobs will get a €141 Christmas bonus

There will also be increases to the respite care grant and child benefit.

# social-welfare - Monday 14 September, 2015

People on the dole to see 50% increase in their Christmas bonus this year

The bonus is paid to long-term welfare claimants such as jobseekers, pensioners, carers, lone-parents and those with a disability.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 26 August, 2015

French woman gets €200/week disability allowance for controversial ‘gadget allergy’

Marine Richard has a condition known as Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity.

# social-welfare - Friday 21 August, 2015

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Poll: Do you think gardaí should be used to interview social welfare claimants?

One woman said it made her feel “like a criminal”.

Gardaí are being used to interview social welfare claimants

The move has been described as an “absolute disgrace” by one politician.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 21 July, 2015

Overpaid in social welfare payments? The government will seek you out

Guides have been launched to help people understand their rights when the department comes knocking for their money back.

# social-welfare - Thursday 16 July, 2015

Partner of murdered man asked to produce news clipping to prove his death

Catherine Danaher was told she would need a a death certificate, memorial card, or newspaper clipping to prove her partner’s passing.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 15 July, 2015

Romanian national falsely claimed social welfare 463 times

The 32-year-old stole at least €85,000 from the State, and has been jailed for three years.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 8 July, 2015

Social welfare fraudster caught by facial recognition software is jailed

The man has led a ‘sad life’ the court heard.

# social-welfare - Friday 3 July, 2015

Fine Gael TD hits out at people ‘stacking up their trolleys with drink’

Catherine Byrne said people in society have a responsibility to pay their way.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 30 June, 2015

Mary Lou and Joan just had ANOTHER showdown in the Dáil

McDonald accused Burton of being “anti-women”, who in turn said Sinn Féin has no serious policies.

# social-welfare - Thursday 25 June, 2015

Mary Lou says Joan Burton is ‘giving two fingers’ to the public

The Tánaiste’s own comments came back to haunt her today.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 24 June, 2015

Joan slams social welfare fraudsters for ‘giving two fingers to their neighbours’

Tens of millions of euro are overpaid each year.

# social-welfare - Thursday 28 May, 2015

€96m could have been overspent in dole payments

Also, 62 cases of people “claiming multiple identities” cost taxpayers a LOT of money.

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