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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Dole

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# Storm Emma
Welfare payments due on Friday will now be paid tomorrow
The fuel allowance payment was also doubled for this week.
# beyond 65
Retirement age for public service workers to increase to 70
A number of parties, including Fianna Fail, have called for people to be allowed to work beyond 65 if they so choose.
# Fine Gael conference
Leo wants to link dole payments to a person's PRSI contributions
The Taoiseach plans to set up a Gender Equality Commission.
# sonas bathrooms
'Losing my job was hard, but making people redundant was worse'
As part of Fora’s How My Business Works series, it profiles Sonas Bathrooms.
# Unemployment
Ireland has the highest rate of young people receiving benefits across 35 countries
A recent report compared and measured the experience of youth across OECD member states.
# Jobseeker's Benefit
Varadkar plans to raise dole payments depending on how long you've worked
The INOU has welcomed the plan, which the Department of Social Protection told is under consideration.
# Cash Money
Fine Gael wants to increase the dole by €27*
*But the payment will be scaled back the longer a person is out of work.
'I'm angry, depressed and very, very broke. This is my life on zero hours'
It’s election-time and all I have to my name is my vote, writes an anonymous contributor.
# Unemployment
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.
# Show Me The Money
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.
# Dole Life
What is life really like on the dole?
A new RTÉ show aims to find out.
# promises
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.
# Buskers
These Drogheda lads' song about being on the dole is your unlikely summer jam
# Dole
Gardaí are being used to interview social welfare claimants
The move has been described as an “absolute disgrace” by one politician.
# Courts
Social welfare fraudster caught by facial recognition software is jailed
The man has led a ‘sad life’ the court heard.
# parliamentary language
Joan slams social welfare fraudsters for 'giving two fingers to their neighbours'
Tens of millions of euro are overpaid each year.
# Suspicious
Talk to Joan: 400 calls about dole and welfare fraud EVERY WEEK
Over 4,000 case investigations were carried out by the Department’s Special Investigation Unit.
# Bills Bills Bills
Water charges will be taken from wages after people are given "every opportunity" - Minister
Minister of State Gerald Nash said the government discussed the proposals this week.
# unemployed help
Young man takes on social welfare for 'age discrimination' over reduced dole
By-election candidate Adrienne Wallace says there would be outrage if ‘women or black people had to accept a lower rate’.
# doley cow
Could the self-employed be about to get equality on social welfare?
The next budget is gearing up to be pretty generous one. It’s the latest in the pre-election extravaganza…
# seasonal jobs
Signing off for Christmas work? Your dole will be restored 'immediately' afterwards
Minister Kevin Humphreys is reminding those on Jobseekers payments that seasonal work of up to eight weeks can be taken.
# Social Welfare
Life on the dole - a dark and humorous diary
Tobias Kirkner arrived back to Ireland and thought it would be easy to ‘get on the dole’… he was wrong.
Over €200m worth of unclaimed social welfare payments in past three years
No, you can’t have them. There were all returned to the Department.
# Jobseekers
'No evidence' that disproportionately high number of migrants receive social welfare
A new study has found that the number in receipt of these payments are just a little or below the number in the work force.
# Live Register
Almost 3,000 extra young people were signing on last month
Overall, the number of people on the Live Register decreased by 4,400 in June.
# Welfare
A TD used a Dáil question to ask if a water meter protester would have their dole cut
Terence Flanagan used a case involving one of his own constituents to ask if the Department of Social Protection cuts the dole of anti-government protestors.
Opinion: Yes, I'm unemployed but that doesn't make me lazy or incompetent
Somebody told me the other day, quite abruptly, that ‘there are plenty of jobs out there’. Well, I beg to differ.
# signing off
In cases where work pays less than the dole ... 7 out of 10 people choose work
Think tank the ESRI has found that for those who, on a “snapshot” basis, would be “better off on the dole” tend to choose employment instead.
# Signing on
Live Register: Far more men than women are dropping their claims
There was a 1,600 decrease in the Live Register figures, once seasonally adjusted.
# Dole
Government unsure if paying social welfare electronically will save money
This is due to the scale of anti-fraud measures that must be developed.
# Jobseekers
Taoiseach warns of risk of 'welfare dependency' despite falling unemployment
An Taoiseach made the comments as Live Register declined for the 22nd consecutive month.
# Live Register
Unemployment rate falls again to 11.7 per cent
It represents the 22nd month in a row that the number of claimants on the Live Register has fallen.
# Slave Labour
Bruton on Gateway: 'Calling councils slave sweat shops is a total insult'
Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh said the Gateway scheme is there to provide chronically underfunded local authorities with cheap general dogsbodies.
# Jobswatch
Another drop in Live Register numbers, unemployment at 12.3 per cent
Some good news for the Government this morning.
# carnegie library
James Reilly backs protest against turning his local library into a dole office
Officials from the OPW and Social Protection Department are now to look for an alternative solution.
# Unemployment
Irish man considers joining British army to pull family out of poverty
The 25-year-old father of two said he was told he would be expected to spend six months in Afghanistan if he enlisted.
Column: Cutting unemployment benefit to the under-26s is unjust and unacceptable
The plan is a further step towards the political disillusionment of young people, a drastic slash in living standards, and an even more polarised society, write Dan O’Neill and Fiona Dunkin.
# Your Say
Poll: Should dole payments for those under 26 be reduced?
The Government’s expected to change the terms of dole payments for young people in tomorrow’s Budget. But is it a good idea?
# Unemployment
Live Register falls by 3,200 in July
The number of people signing on for a year or more has decreased slightly, -1.3 per cent on July 2012.