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#Department of Social Protection

# department-of-social-protection - Saturday 6 August, 2022

Fostering allowance becoming insufficient amid cost-of-living crisis, say carers
# Foster Parents
# Foster Parents

Fostering allowance becoming insufficient amid cost-of-living crisis, say carers

Aug 6th 2022, 7:00 AM 18,721 Views 8 Comments

The allowance paid to foster parents has not increased since 2009.

# department-of-social-protection - Friday 1 July, 2022

State parental leave expanded to seven weeks
# Baby On Board
# Baby On Board

State parental leave expanded to seven weeks

Jul 1st 2022, 1:25 PM 21,432 Views 9 Comments

New parents can now take up to seven weeks leave as part of measures introduced by the Departments of Children and Social Protection.

# department-of-social-protection - Saturday 11 June, 2022

Mother receives letter seeking repayment of disability allowance claimed after her son died
# Disability Allowance
# Disability Allowance

Mother receives letter seeking repayment of disability allowance claimed after her son died

Jun 11th 2022, 9:48 AM 68,929 Views 36 Comments

Tracy McGinnis said that she was “shocked and appalled” at the letter.

# department-of-social-protection - Wednesday 4 May, 2022

Alleged excessive data gathering by Department of Social Protection being examined
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Alleged excessive data gathering by Department of Social Protection being examined

May 4th 2022, 12:05 AM 41,503 Views 22 Comments
  • The Data Protection Commission is looking at use of free travel pass data, writes Maria Delaney
  • Noteworthy investigation reveals the Department had a database of free travel journeys until 2020
  • We also find Leap card system usage records, including journey data, are being retained for over a year

# department-of-social-protection - Tuesday 29 March, 2022

The government's launched a plan to auto-enrol workers for pensions - here's how it will work
# Explainer
# Explainer

The government's launched a plan to auto-enrol workers for pensions - here's how it will work

Mar 29th 2022, 6:29 PM 18,730 Views 15 Comments

The auto-enrolment pension scheme is set to come into effect in early 2024.

# department-of-social-protection - Monday 7 February, 2022

'Insanity': Criticism as unemployment benefit to be paid at post offices rather than online
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

'Insanity': Criticism as unemployment benefit to be paid at post offices rather than online

Feb 7th 2022, 12:05 AM 117,874 Views 121 Comments
  • One man said he now has to drive over 55km to a post office in order to collect the payment, which brings his fuel cost to between €45 - €50 a week.
  • Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys said that the return to post offices would help to support the network and tackle welfare fraud.
  • A Social Democrats TD said the idea that people in receipt of social welfare are going to defraud the State "has been debunked on several occasions".

# department-of-social-protection - Friday 28 January, 2022

Extra resources promised to clear backlog of nearly 5,000 PPS number applications
# Department Of Social Protection
# Department Of Social Protection

Extra resources promised to clear backlog of nearly 5,000 PPS number applications

Jan 28th 2022, 6:00 AM 19,130 Views 13 Comments

One man waiting nearly two months for his PPSN said the wait had left him financial difficulty.

# department-of-social-protection - Tuesday 14 September, 2021

Top Pandemic Unemployment Payment rates cut by €50 from today
# Income Support
# Income Support

Top Pandemic Unemployment Payment rates cut by €50 from today

Sep 14th 2021, 6:00 AM 28,406 Views 13 Comments

The process of moving some PUP recipients to jobseeker’s payments has been deferred until late October.

# department-of-social-protection - Tuesday 7 September, 2021

First cuts to Pandemic Unemployment Payment rates take effect from today
# Income Support
# Income Support

First cuts to Pandemic Unemployment Payment rates take effect from today

Sep 7th 2021, 6:00 AM 44,817 Views 19 Comments

Students who have been availing of the scheme will receive their final payments today.

# department-of-social-protection - Monday 9 August, 2021

Government spent €30.6 billion on social welfare payments in 2020, up 46% from 2019
# Spend Spend Spend
# Spend Spend Spend

Government spent €30.6 billion on social welfare payments in 2020, up 46% from 2019

Aug 9th 2021, 11:08 AM 17,156 Views 38 Comments

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys described the increase as “extraordinary”.

# department-of-social-protection - Wednesday 28 July, 2021

Number of people receiving PUP dips below 200,000 for the first time
# New Low
# New Low

Number of people receiving PUP dips below 200,000 for the first time

Jul 28th 2021, 10:07 AM 16,516 Views 50 Comments

The overall bill for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment now stands at over €8.3 billion.

# department-of-social-protection - Thursday 15 July, 2021

Returning workers face being overtaxed unless they cancel their Pandemic Unemployment Payment
# PUP
# PUP

Returning workers face being overtaxed unless they cancel their Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Jul 15th 2021, 6:00 AM 23,142 Views 8 Comments

Thousands of hospitality workers are expected to return to work over the coming weeks.

# department-of-social-protection - Wednesday 7 July, 2021

Child benefit instalment unpaid for older teenagers due to delay with forms
# Welfare
# Welfare

Child benefit instalment unpaid for older teenagers due to delay with forms

Jul 7th 2021, 9:30 PM 26,784 Views 3 Comments

Several families who expected to be given the payment this week have not received it.

Today is the last day people can sign up for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment
# PUP
# PUP

Today is the last day people can sign up for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Jul 7th 2021, 7:42 AM 12,219 Views 13 Comments

All recipients of the payment have to confirm their continued eligibility by 20 July.

# department-of-social-protection - Friday 25 June, 2021

People reminded to hang up scam calls and not engage as reports continue
# Scammers
# Scammers

People reminded to hang up scam calls and not engage as reports continue

Jun 25th 2021, 9:30 PM 39,588 Views 34 Comments

Gardaí and the Department of Social Protection have issued warnings about scam calls.

# department-of-social-protection - Wednesday 23 June, 2021

Warnings reissued as scam calls continue
# Scam Calls
# Scam Calls

Warnings reissued as scam calls continue

Jun 23rd 2021, 5:43 PM 127,761 Views 51 Comments

People are asked not to engage with these callers and to hang up and block the number if possible.

# department-of-social-protection - Monday 21 June, 2021

School meals programme to be extended this summer due to impact of Covid-19 pandemic
# School Dinners
# School Dinners

School meals programme to be extended this summer due to impact of Covid-19 pandemic

Jun 21st 2021, 2:24 PM 11,902 Views 17 Comments

The funding is normally not available during the summer.

# department-of-social-protection - Wednesday 9 June, 2021

Number of people receiving PUP dips below 300,000 for the first time this year
# PUP
# PUP

Number of people receiving PUP dips below 300,000 for the first time this year

Jun 9th 2021, 12:09 PM 8,032 Views 5 Comments

This is the lowest number of people in receipt of the PUP since December.

# department-of-social-protection - Sunday 11 April, 2021

Department of Social Protection warns of phone scam using what appears to be its helpline number
# Watch Out
# Watch Out

Department of Social Protection warns of phone scam using what appears to be its helpline number

Apr 11th 2021, 9:25 AM 26,866 Views 7 Comments

The department does not contact members of the public using the number.

# department-of-social-protection - Thursday 8 April, 2021

'Sophisticated' scam involves people receiving phone calls from bogus department official
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

'Sophisticated' scam involves people receiving phone calls from bogus department official

Updated Apr 8th 2021, 12:45 PM 77,958 Views 22 Comments

The Department of Social Protection never requests bank account details from its customers by phone or SMS.

# department-of-social-protection - Tuesday 9 March, 2021

Second man arrested in relation to Pandemic Unemployment Payment fraud scheme
# Phishing Scam
# Phishing Scam

Second man arrested in relation to Pandemic Unemployment Payment fraud scheme

Mar 9th 2021, 12:11 PM 31,672 Views 5 Comments

Personal data was collected through a phishing email and used to make applications for the pandemic unemployment payment.

# department-of-social-protection - Tuesday 5 January, 2021

PUP claimants reach 335,600 people as ministers promise payments won't change during Level 5
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

PUP claimants reach 335,600 people as ministers promise payments won't change during Level 5

Updated Jan 5th 2021, 3:38 PM 51,664 Views 57 Comments

The scheme has cost the State over €5 billion since last March.

# department-of-social-protection - Monday 23 November, 2020

More than 350,000 people still in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payment
# PUP
# PUP

More than 350,000 people still in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Nov 23rd 2020, 8:30 PM 18,292 Views 26 Comments

Over €4.3 billion has been issued in total since the PUP was introduced earlier this year.

# department-of-social-protection - Monday 19 October, 2020

Number receiving Covid-19 unemployment payment rises by over 15,000
# PUP
# PUP

Number receiving Covid-19 unemployment payment rises by over 15,000

Oct 19th 2020, 2:03 PM 12,275 Views 26 Comments

244,153 people are now in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

# department-of-social-protection - Friday 28 August, 2020

Department of Social Protection and An Post issue warnings over scam text messages
# Warning
# Warning

Department of Social Protection and An Post issue warnings over scam text messages

Updated Aug 28th 2020, 2:01 PM 37,688 Views 1 Comment

Health officials are warning anyone who thinks they’ve been affected to contact their bank.

# department-of-social-protection - Thursday 23 July, 2020

What's in it for me? — Everything you need to know about the government's July stimulus package
# July Stimulus
# July Stimulus

What's in it for me? — Everything you need to know about the government's July stimulus package

Jul 23rd 2020, 8:05 PM 59,198 Views 37 Comments

There were few surprises in today’s announcement.

# department-of-social-protection - Monday 13 July, 2020

Minister signals change to pandemic unemployment payment on the way
# Welfare
# Welfare

Minister signals change to pandemic unemployment payment on the way

Updated Jul 13th 2020, 8:15 PM 100,229 Views 55 Comments

Some 95,800 people are now receiving the reduced payment of €203 per week.

# department-of-social-protection - Tuesday 12 May, 2020

Debunked: No, the government hasn't issued a €350 payment to everyone in the country
# Fraud
# Fraud

Debunked: No, the government hasn't issued a €350 payment to everyone in the country

May 12th 2020, 11:22 AM 21,460 Views 30 Comments

Members of the public have been warned about a text scam in recent days.

# department-of-social-protection - Tuesday 5 May, 2020

Tourism, food and construction worst-hit by Covid-19 job losses
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

Tourism, food and construction worst-hit by Covid-19 job losses

May 5th 2020, 9:19 AM 23,814 Views 32 Comments

Social protection minister Regina Doherty said she would hope construction workers would be returning to work soon.

# department-of-social-protection - Tuesday 14 April, 2020

Over half a million people receive Covid-19 unemployment payment this week, as IMF releases dire economic forecast
# Pandemic Payment
# Pandemic Payment

Over half a million people receive Covid-19 unemployment payment this week, as IMF releases dire economic forecast

Apr 14th 2020, 2:29 PM 33,362 Views 55 Comments

Over 42,000 employers have registered for the temporary wage subsidy scheme, according to the government.

# department-of-social-protection - Friday 10 April, 2020

Department 'inadvertently' emailed 1,700 people telling them their Covid-19 payment was to be stopped
# Covid19 Unemployment
# Covid19 Unemployment

Department 'inadvertently' emailed 1,700 people telling them their Covid-19 payment was to be stopped

Apr 10th 2020, 8:33 PM 93,686 Views 63 Comments

The department said it has now emailed all individuals affected to advise them of the error and reassure them their payment will continue.

# department-of-social-protection - Wednesday 8 April, 2020

Recipients of Covid-19 illness benefit who were underpaid will get arrears this week
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Recipients of Covid-19 illness benefit who were underpaid will get arrears this week

Apr 8th 2020, 3:15 PM 23,192 Views 21 Comments

The department said the benefit was paid at the original rate “pending the system being built to apply the increased rate”.

# department-of-social-protection - Monday 6 April, 2020

Coronavirus: People on social welfare income support now tops 710,000
# Shutdown
# Shutdown

Coronavirus: People on social welfare income support now tops 710,000

Apr 6th 2020, 4:02 PM 26,610 Views 41 Comments

A total of 507,000 were issued with a Pandemic Unemployment Payment last Friday.

# department-of-social-protection - Saturday 21 March, 2020

Changes to Covid-19 payment could come as soon as next week, says minister
# Regina Doherty
# Regina Doherty

Changes to Covid-19 payment could come as soon as next week, says minister

Mar 21st 2020, 4:07 PM 83,178 Views 59 Comments

The government is working on a number of options regarding the payment, Regina Doherty said.

# department-of-social-protection - Thursday 21 November, 2019

Christmas bonus will be paid out to 1.2 million social welfare recipients at start of December
# Festive Cheer
# Festive Cheer

Christmas bonus will be paid out to 1.2 million social welfare recipients at start of December

Nov 21st 2019, 12:17 PM 68,937 Views 170 Comments

The cost of the Christmas bonus this year will be €279.4 million.

# department-of-social-protection - Thursday 7 November, 2019

Department boss says he's 'satisfied' the Public Services Card rollout is value for money
# Controversy
# Controversy

Department boss says he's 'satisfied' the Public Services Card rollout is value for money

Nov 7th 2019, 8:37 AM 10,873 Views 24 Comments

The Secretary General of the Department of Social Protection is due before the PAC today.

# department-of-social-protection - Thursday 17 October, 2019

'Jobpath Macht Frei': Condemnation after 'extremely offensive' sign placed at Cork Welfare office
# Jobspath Macht Frei
# Jobspath Macht Frei

'Jobpath Macht Frei': Condemnation after 'extremely offensive' sign placed at Cork Welfare office

Oct 17th 2019, 9:19 PM 48,098 Views 63 Comments

The slogan “arbeit macht frei” is known for appearing on the entrance of Auschwitz.

# department-of-social-protection - Monday 14 October, 2019

Number of births in Ireland continue to decrease as number of deaths increase
# Annual Report
# Annual Report

Number of births in Ireland continue to decrease as number of deaths increase

Oct 14th 2019, 4:07 PM 22,434 Views 30 Comments

In 2018, a total of 61,901 births were registered in Ireland, down from 62,919 the year previous.

# department-of-social-protection - Tuesday 3 September, 2019

'A mistake government doesn't need to make': Refusing to publish PSC report 'absurd', activists claim
# PSC
# PSC

'A mistake government doesn't need to make': Refusing to publish PSC report 'absurd', activists claim

Sep 3rd 2019, 5:32 PM 14,514 Views 47 Comments

Minister Regina Doherty said 11 days ago the report would be published once her department had considered it.

# department-of-social-protection - Monday 26 August, 2019

PSC training manuals for civil servants: Facial image matching, 'voice biometrics' and identity tokens
# Public Services Card
# Public Services Card

PSC training manuals for civil servants: Facial image matching, 'voice biometrics' and identity tokens

Aug 26th 2019, 12:05 AM 23,636 Views 62 Comments

Facial recognition is highlighted a number of times across the circulars issued to civil servants on the PSC.

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