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#Department of Social Protection

# department-of-social-protection - Monday 21 January, 2019

Opinion: The PSC could become the most expensive administrative error in the history of the State

Three million Irish citizens could be entitled to compensation if the project is found to be unlawful, writes Simon McGarr.

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

Committee told man on JobPath scheme had his CV amended against his wishes to conceal his ethnicity

Private companies operating JobPath get over €3k for every jobseeker that makes it through the scheme

# department-of-social-protection - Saturday 29 December, 2018

Government says it's owed €475 million in social welfare overpayments

Minister Regina Doherty said a number of measures are taken to try to recover the monies owed.

# department-of-social-protection - Sunday 9 December, 2018

PSC staff losing battle to stay on as department confirms contracts to be 'phased out' in 2019 Exclusive

A number of workers have been unsuccessful in cases at the Workplace Relations Commission arguing their right to a permanent contract.

# department-of-social-protection - Monday 3 December, 2018

Social Protection Department gives older age of workers as reason why it's near top of sick leave list

The secretary general of the department said 3,000 staff members are over 55.

# department-of-social-protection - Monday 5 November, 2018

More than 51,000 fathers have taken paternity leave since September 2016

51,409 fathers have been awarded leave since the scheme began.

# department-of-social-protection - Friday 2 November, 2018

'We haven't crowned ourselves in glory': Apology to 5,000 people still waiting on Illness Benefit

People began to complain of delays in Illness Benefit payments back in August.

# department-of-social-protection - Thursday 18 October, 2018

'Unacceptable': Minister told Illness Benefit delays means some people have no money to buy food

Howlin said calls to the Social Protection helpline have been going unanswered.

# department-of-social-protection - Tuesday 2 October, 2018

Problem over payment of child benefit to Irish parents 'resolved' following industry-wide banking issue

Customers with An Post, Ulster Bank and PTSB have been affected.

# department-of-social-protection - Wednesday 12 September, 2018

Facial imaging software has been used to detect €4 million worth of identity fraud

The department has pinpointed 28 cases in this year alone.

# department-of-social-protection - 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.

# department-of-social-protection - Thursday 26 July, 2018

Criminal Assets Bureau seize car and mobile phones following search of Sligo property

No arrests were made in relation to the seizure.

# department-of-social-protection - Monday 25 June, 2018

Department of Social Protection to train staff in the use of plain English

Plain English is a way of presenting information that helps people understand it the first time they read or hear it.

# department-of-social-protection - Wednesday 28 March, 2018

Committee raises stigmatisation concerns over the use of 'welfare cheats' term in department campaign PAC

Committee raises stigmatisation concerns over the use of 'welfare cheats' term in department campaign

The Public Accounts Committee also raised concerns about the use of “fraud” in department material.

# department-of-social-protection - Wednesday 21 March, 2018

Dublin single mother accused of welfare fraud claims her Vegas wedding was just "a bit of fun"

Michelle Burke married her current partner on the Las Vegas strip during a 30th birthday celebration in 2010.

# department-of-social-protection - Saturday 3 March, 2018

Change to PRSI arrangements could leave women in danger of abusive partners

Up to last year, if a patient qualified under their spouse or partner’s benefit, they simply had to sign a form at the clinic.

# department-of-social-protection - Tuesday 20 February, 2018

'I felt totally lost': Department in u-turn over decision to deny Venezuelan man a Public Services Card

He was denied a PSC as a result of having an expired passport due to Venezuela’s printing shortage crisis.

# department-of-social-protection - Friday 26 January, 2018

Civil servant jailed for selling personal details of hundreds for almost €22,000

Rory Lenihan had pleaded guilty to twelve sample charges of receiving payments for information.

# department-of-social-protection - Sunday 26 November, 2017

'Exceptional AND unforeseen': Why the government will be taken to court over a social welfare payment Enp

'Exceptional AND unforeseen': Why the government will be taken to court over a social welfare payment

The Department of Social Protection says its rules on the exceptional needs payment has not changed, despite protestations from others.

# department-of-social-protection - Wednesday 8 November, 2017

More than 27,000 fathers have taken paternity leave so far

“We have to take a wider societal view and not think of rearing children as something best done in one’s spare time, preferably by women,” Deirdre Clune said.

# department-of-social-protection - Friday 1 September, 2017

The Department of Social Protection is getting a major rebrand

A number of functions from the Department of Jobs will transfer to the new Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

# department-of-social-protection - Saturday 26 August, 2017

RSA says Public Services Card will help crack down on fraudulent driving licences

The card has been under the spotlight recently after a number of stories of people losing out on public services.

# department-of-social-protection - Thursday 24 August, 2017

'I don't see my child as a beggar': Mother questions why son with Down Syndrome has to get a PSC

Dublin woman Carol Brady says the decision on whether or not to get a card is not one her son should have been expected to make.

# department-of-social-protection - Monday 7 August, 2017

'Snot-nosed, hostile, passive aggressive': Complaints about staff at Dublin welfare offices

Details of complaints were released to under the Freedom of Information Act.

# department-of-social-protection - Sunday 18 June, 2017

# department-of-social-protection - Wednesday 31 May, 2017

Department of Social Protection pursued a woman for €20,000, but she was actually owed €700

The incident was included as a case study in the Office of the Ombudsman’s annual report for 2016.

# department-of-social-protection - Sunday 14 May, 2017

'It's absolutely crazy, it really is' - high staff turnover in Donegal blamed for maternity benefit backlog

The Department of Social Protection has apologised for the ‘unacceptable’ delay being seen in the delivery of maternity benefits.

# department-of-social-protection - Monday 24 April, 2017

Maternity benefit payments in Ireland are backlogged by 'a number of months'

A Department of Social Protection official has said “it is not possible to give an accurate date” for the process of backlogged maternity claims.

# department-of-social-protection - 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.

# department-of-social-protection - Monday 5 December, 2016

Column: What the Department of Social Protection doesn't want you to find out

Our welfare regime treats jobseekers harshly and pushes them into precarious work, write Tom Boland and Ray Griffin.

# department-of-social-protection - 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.

# department-of-social-protection - Saturday 6 August, 2016

Homeless single mum who secured a place in Trinity has been refused Back To Education Allowance

The Department of Social Protection told that the Family Income Supplement, which Erica Fleming receives, is not a qualifying payment for the BTEA.

# department-of-social-protection - Tuesday 19 July, 2016

There are 78,000 disadvantaged schoolchildren receiving free breakfasts

One TD has described the figures as a disturbing barometer of child poverty levels.

# department-of-social-protection - Wednesday 11 May, 2016

Poll: Do you support child benefit being linked to school attendance? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you support child benefit being linked to school attendance?

A section of the draft programme for government includes a section proposing this.

# department-of-social-protection - Sunday 24 April, 2016

Calls for 'exploitative' JobBridge to be scrapped after more revelations

The Department of Social Protection says the scheme is being reviewed.

# department-of-social-protection - 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.

# department-of-social-protection - 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.

Woman gave birth at Dublin social welfare office

Paramedics and staff helped the woman with the birth.

# department-of-social-protection - 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.

# department-of-social-protection - Wednesday 16 December, 2015

Department insists no issue with Joan Burton's 'unusual and concerning' letter to constituents

The letters were delivered in Oireachtas envelopes and headed paper.

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