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#Department of Social Protection

# 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 51,325 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 18,266 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 12,244 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 37,283 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 59,130 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 100,167 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 20,759 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 23,628 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 33,318 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 93,462 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 23,087 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 26,590 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 83,136 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 68,835 Views 169 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 10,819 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 47,759 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 22,353 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 14,489 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 23,554 Views 62 Comments

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

# department-of-social-protection - Thursday 22 August, 2019

Dept Social Protection to publish Commission's PSC report 'once full consideration is complete'
# PSC
# PSC

Dept Social Protection to publish Commission's PSC report 'once full consideration is complete'

Aug 22nd 2019, 2:18 PM 16,223 Views 52 Comments

The DPC rejects government claims that making the card a requirement for services was lawful.

# department-of-social-protection - Sunday 18 August, 2019

'There's no get out jail free card on this': What next for the Public Services Card?
# What Now?
# What Now?

'There's no get out jail free card on this': What next for the Public Services Card?

Aug 18th 2019, 7:15 AM 34,187 Views 60 Comments

The findings by the Data Protection Commissioner open up the possibility of legal action from PSC holders, solicitors say.

# department-of-social-protection - Friday 16 August, 2019

Department told to destroy documents belonging to 3.2 million citizens it kept after PSC applications
# Data Retention
# Data Retention

Department told to destroy documents belonging to 3.2 million citizens it kept after PSC applications

Aug 16th 2019, 12:07 AM 34,709 Views 81 Comments

The Data Protection Commissioner has found that there is no lawful basis for retaining information from PSC applications.

No legal basis for mandatory Public Services Card to access State services other than welfare, landmark probe finds
# Data Protection Commissioner
# Data Protection Commissioner

No legal basis for mandatory Public Services Card to access State services other than welfare, landmark probe finds

Aug 16th 2019, 12:01 AM 32,577 Views 119 Comments

The Data Protection Commissioner’s long-awaited report has huge implications for the controversial card.

# department-of-social-protection - Saturday 3 August, 2019

'Spark public debate': Spotlight on Public Services Card as data watchdog probe at 'advanced stage'
# PSC
# PSC

'Spark public debate': Spotlight on Public Services Card as data watchdog probe at 'advanced stage'

Aug 3rd 2019, 10:00 PM 33,893 Views 65 Comments

The long-awaited report on the legality of the PSC is expected in the near future.

# department-of-social-protection - Friday 2 August, 2019

Department seeks judicial review after watchdog rules child benefit data collection unlawful
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Department seeks judicial review after watchdog rules child benefit data collection unlawful

Aug 2nd 2019, 6:00 AM 13,376 Views 0 Comments

It comes after an individual made a complaint about the repeated requests to provide information to claim child benefit.

# department-of-social-protection - Wednesday 24 July, 2019

Thousands of social welfare recipients penalised over inadequate attempts to find employment
# Penalty Rates
# Penalty Rates

Thousands of social welfare recipients penalised over inadequate attempts to find employment

Jul 24th 2019, 6:30 AM 69,354 Views 130 Comments

5,821 people were subject to ‘penalty rates’ during the first half of the year.

# department-of-social-protection - Wednesday 10 July, 2019

Bank of Ireland says payments now being made to customers following 'processing delay'
# Late Payments
# Late Payments

Bank of Ireland says payments now being made to customers following 'processing delay'

Updated Jul 10th 2019, 12:09 PM 45,707 Views 75 Comments

Customers were left out of pocket as a result of the delay this morning.

# department-of-social-protection - Monday 10 June, 2019

'Answers are overdue': Almost a year on, it's still unclear if probe into legality of PSC will be published
# Long Awaited
# Long Awaited

'Answers are overdue': Almost a year on, it's still unclear if probe into legality of PSC will be published

Jun 10th 2019, 12:05 AM 25,686 Views 76 Comments

The Department of Social Protection says a “decision will made” once the full report becomes available.

# department-of-social-protection - Thursday 23 May, 2019

Over 20,000 pensioners to benefit from rate increase following review
# Pensions
# Pensions

Over 20,000 pensioners to benefit from rate increase following review

May 23rd 2019, 5:37 PM 49,550 Views 32 Comments

Another 21,294 will remain on their existing rate of payment.

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

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

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

Jan 21st 2019, 7:00 AM 32,430 Views 41 Comments

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
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

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

Jan 17th 2019, 12:15 PM 38,609 Views 29 Comments

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
# Debt
# Debt

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

Dec 29th 2018, 8:00 AM 26,372 Views 62 Comments

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
# Public Services Card
# Public Services Card

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

Dec 9th 2018, 6:05 AM 48,114 Views 47 Comments

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
# Out Of Office
# Out Of Office

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

Dec 3rd 2018, 6:15 AM 17,493 Views 34 Comments

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
# Paternity Leave
# Paternity Leave

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

Nov 5th 2018, 6:15 AM 12,197 Views 31 Comments

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
# Illness Benefit
# Illness Benefit

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

Nov 2nd 2018, 2:58 PM 21,482 Views 66 Comments

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
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

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

Oct 18th 2018, 3:06 PM 16,125 Views 24 Comments

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
# Delayed Payment
# Delayed Payment

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

Oct 2nd 2018, 2:28 PM 38,915 Views 71 Comments

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
# Public Services Card
# Public Services Card

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

Sep 12th 2018, 5:07 PM 25,123 Views 84 Comments

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
# Bad Form
# Bad Form

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

Aug 28th 2018, 6:14 PM 13,545 Views 16 Comments

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

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