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# heather-humphreys - 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

Wed 10:07 AM 16,188 Views 49 Comments

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

# heather-humphreys - Monday 19 July, 2021

Garda promotions to be handled by Public Appointments Service under new regulations
# New Rules
# New Rules

Garda promotions to be handled by Public Appointments Service under new regulations

Jul 19th 2021, 11:27 AM 19,945 Views 22 Comments

Promotions to the ranks of sergeant and inspector had previously been managed internally.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 12 July, 2021

New unemployment payment linked to past working history pushed out to 2023
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

New unemployment payment linked to past working history pushed out to 2023

Jul 12th 2021, 4:31 PM 37,449 Views 20 Comments

Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys said today that the plans will not be included in Budget 2022.

10,000 jobseekers to be paid €306 per week as new work placement scheme launched
# Work Experience
# Work Experience

10,000 jobseekers to be paid €306 per week as new work placement scheme launched

Jul 12th 2021, 11:39 AM 73,682 Views 53 Comments

The Pathways to Work 2021-2025 strategy was launched by the government this morning.

# heather-humphreys - Friday 2 July, 2021

Legislation enacted to allow drinking outside pubs and restaurants
# Outdoor Summer
# Outdoor Summer

Legislation enacted to allow drinking outside pubs and restaurants

Jul 2nd 2021, 5:49 PM 17,022 Views 22 Comments

The Bill was passed to deal with the issue of certain outdoor service not being covered by alcohol licences.

# heather-humphreys - Friday 25 June, 2021

Justice Minister says 999 calls being cancelled 'should not have happened'
# Cancelled Calls
# Cancelled Calls

Justice Minister says 999 calls being cancelled 'should not have happened'

Jun 25th 2021, 8:56 AM 11,503 Views 31 Comments

The Garda Commissioner yesterday issued an apology to the victims who had their 999 calls cancelled.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 21 June, 2021

Garda Commissioner promises to use 'discretion' in dealing with licencing law to facilitate outdoor hospitality, says minister
# Heather Humphreys
# Heather Humphreys

Garda Commissioner promises to use 'discretion' in dealing with licencing law to facilitate outdoor hospitality, says minister

Updated Jun 21st 2021, 8:10 PM 28,989 Views 68 Comments

Questions have been raised about the legality of selling alcohol to customers in on-street seating.

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 11,804 Views 17 Comments

The funding is normally not available during the summer.

# heather-humphreys - Sunday 20 June, 2021

Gardaí to 'use discretion' after warning alcohol licences may not cover on-street service by pubs and restaurants
# Outdoor Summer
# Outdoor Summer

Gardaí to 'use discretion' after warning alcohol licences may not cover on-street service by pubs and restaurants

Jun 20th 2021, 9:05 PM 43,465 Views 92 Comments

The Justice Minister has said that gardaí will act with ‘discretion’ on the issue.

# heather-humphreys - 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 8,007 Views 5 Comments

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

# heather-humphreys - Tuesday 1 June, 2021

Government plans to link unemployment payments to past working history and PRSI contributions
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Government plans to link unemployment payments to past working history and PRSI contributions

Jun 1st 2021, 5:22 PM 43,465 Views 45 Comments

With the phasing out of the PUP, government is keen to bring in pay-related unemployment payments.

# heather-humphreys - Wednesday 26 May, 2021

Government considering phasing out pandemic supports in the final quarter of the year
# PUP
# PUP

Government considering phasing out pandemic supports in the final quarter of the year

May 26th 2021, 8:30 PM 20,932 Views 21 Comments

Leo Varadkar said there would be no dramatic changes. An announcement will be made on Tuesday.

# heather-humphreys - Friday 19 February, 2021

Access to rent supplement for victims of domestic violence extended to the end of the year
# Rent Supplement
# Rent Supplement

Access to rent supplement for victims of domestic violence extended to the end of the year

Feb 19th 2021, 9:45 AM 7,137 Views 3 Comments

Rent supplement can be provided for an initial three-month period and the usual means test does not apply.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 8 February, 2021

New weekly payment of €203 introduced for 65-year-olds after rise of pension age
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

New weekly payment of €203 introduced for 65-year-olds after rise of pension age

Feb 8th 2021, 7:27 AM 156,551 Views 53 Comments

A person in receipt of this payment will not be required to be available for full-time work.

# heather-humphreys - 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 51,624 Views 57 Comments

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

# heather-humphreys - Friday 1 January, 2021

Social welfare rights for UK citizens in Ireland and vice versa officially unaffected despite Brexit
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Social welfare rights for UK citizens in Ireland and vice versa officially unaffected despite Brexit

Jan 1st 2021, 1:44 PM 37,198 Views 46 Comments

A bilateral agreement covers a range of different benefits including those for sickness, parents, pensions and unemployment.

# heather-humphreys - Tuesday 22 December, 2020

New arrangements for people to claim Pandemic Unemployment Payment between now and new year
# Pup Payments
# Pup Payments

New arrangements for people to claim Pandemic Unemployment Payment between now and new year

Dec 22nd 2020, 3:06 PM 89,125 Views 10 Comments

Minister Heather Humphreys said applications would be processed “without delay”.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 14 December, 2020

40,000 people close PUP claims and return to work as €90 million paid out this week
# PUP
# PUP

40,000 people close PUP claims and return to work as €90 million paid out this week

Dec 14th 2020, 6:01 PM 14,544 Views 8 Comments

There are just over 300,000 people in receipt of the pandemic unemployment payment.

# heather-humphreys - Wednesday 9 December, 2020

Self-employed people allowed earn €960 over two months without losing their Pandemic Unemployment Payment
# PUP
# PUP

Self-employed people allowed earn €960 over two months without losing their Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Dec 9th 2020, 4:44 PM 71,527 Views 19 Comments

The move aims to help those who want to take up occasional intermittent work without losing their payment,

# heather-humphreys - Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Pandemic Unemployment Payment arrears to be paid to 286,000 recipients today
# Money Owed
# Money Owed

Pandemic Unemployment Payment arrears to be paid to 286,000 recipients today

Dec 1st 2020, 12:43 PM 25,405 Views 22 Comments

Some cases progressed more slowly due to their complexity and due to inadequate or inaccurate information provided.

# heather-humphreys - Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Pandemic Unemployment Payment to remain open to new applications until 31 March 2021
# Extension
# Extension

Pandemic Unemployment Payment to remain open to new applications until 31 March 2021

Nov 24th 2020, 2:12 PM 19,203 Views 13 Comments

Following a decision in September, the PUP was due to close to new applications on 31 December.

# heather-humphreys - Wednesday 18 November, 2020

New tax and expense arrangements promised for working at home
# Blended Working
# Blended Working

New tax and expense arrangements promised for working at home

Nov 18th 2020, 7:38 PM 44,740 Views 12 Comments

A right to disconnect regulation is also under review.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 16 November, 2020

Over 350,000 people are on Pandemic Unemployment Payment, costing €103.8m
# Covid-19 PUP
# Covid-19 PUP

Over 350,000 people are on Pandemic Unemployment Payment, costing €103.8m

Nov 16th 2020, 7:40 PM 26,067 Views 12 Comments

Some 37,430 people receiving the Covid-19 PUP this week will see an increase in their rate of payment.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 9 November, 2020

Over 340,000 receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week as total spend on scheme tops €4 billion
# PUP
# PUP

Over 340,000 receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week as total spend on scheme tops €4 billion

Nov 9th 2020, 6:52 PM 23,659 Views 20 Comments

The minister for social protection said the rise in the number of PUP recipients was expected given the Level 5 restrictions in place.

# heather-humphreys - Tuesday 13 October, 2020

Most people on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will get a Christmas bonus
# PUP
# PUP

Most people on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will get a Christmas bonus

Oct 13th 2020, 2:29 PM 48,548 Views 27 Comments

The announcement that those on the PUP in December will receive a Christmas bonus was part of Budget 2021 announced today.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 12 October, 2020

Social welfare payments will be paid weekly again from the beginning of November
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Social welfare payments will be paid weekly again from the beginning of November

Oct 12th 2020, 7:39 AM 57,126 Views 42 Comments

The move was welcomed by An Post and the postmasters union.

# heather-humphreys - Tuesday 6 October, 2020

The minimum wage is going to rise to €10.20 an hour in January
# 10 Cent Rise
# 10 Cent Rise

The minimum wage is going to rise to €10.20 an hour in January

Oct 6th 2020, 2:32 PM 21,082 Views 63 Comments

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said 122,000 low-paid workers would benefit from the increase.

# heather-humphreys - Tuesday 22 September, 2020

It would be unfair to restore PUP for one cohort of workers and not others, says minister
# SUPPORTS
# SUPPORTS

It would be unfair to restore PUP for one cohort of workers and not others, says minister

Sep 22nd 2020, 7:33 PM 27,873 Views 35 Comments

Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys said the money will have to be paid back.

# heather-humphreys - Thursday 17 September, 2020

New Pandemic Unemployment Payment bands kick in today, here's what you need to know
# Job Losses
# Job Losses

New Pandemic Unemployment Payment bands kick in today, here's what you need to know

Sep 17th 2020, 6:00 AM 46,492 Views 22 Comments

The PUP will move from two rates of payment to three rates, and the top rate is being reduced.

# heather-humphreys - Tuesday 15 September, 2020

Pandemic Unemployment Payment to remain open for new applicants until end of 2020
# Covid19
# Covid19

Pandemic Unemployment Payment to remain open for new applicants until end of 2020

Sep 15th 2020, 6:58 PM 26,821 Views 23 Comments

Changes to payment rates will still go ahead as planned on 17 September.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 17 August, 2020

Almost 28,000 people have had their PUP stopped after failing to confirm they still needed it
# Covid-19 Payment
# Covid-19 Payment

Almost 28,000 people have had their PUP stopped after failing to confirm they still needed it

Aug 17th 2020, 6:36 PM 41,403 Views 20 Comments

Anybody who is eligible but did not confirm it can have the payment restored by re-applying online.

# heather-humphreys - Thursday 6 August, 2020

Back to school allowance trebled in response to Covid-19 pandemic
# Funding
# Funding

Back to school allowance trebled in response to Covid-19 pandemic

Aug 6th 2020, 5:40 PM 58,053 Views 55 Comments

The scheme has been extended to include families on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 3 August, 2020

Cycle cafés, outdoor cinemas and street canopies part of €2.8m funds for 106 towns and villages
# Covid Supports
# Covid Supports

Cycle cafés, outdoor cinemas and street canopies part of €2.8m funds for 106 towns and villages

Aug 3rd 2020, 12:33 PM 69,258 Views 41 Comments

Minister Heather Humphreys said that the aim was to “increase footfall in rural towns and villages” during the pandemic.

# heather-humphreys - Sunday 2 August, 2020

Less than one in 10 who appealed the cut in their Pandemic Unemployment Payment have had it restored
# PUP
# PUP

Less than one in 10 who appealed the cut in their Pandemic Unemployment Payment have had it restored

Aug 2nd 2020, 8:00 AM 47,510 Views 41 Comments

Around 10,000 people appealed after having their PUP reduced from €350 to €203 a week.

# heather-humphreys - Wednesday 29 July, 2020

Department says 85 people who had their PUP stopped may be entitled to it
# Pandemic Payment
# Pandemic Payment

Department says 85 people who had their PUP stopped may be entitled to it

Updated Jul 29th 2020, 9:27 PM 74,965 Views 215 Comments

It comes after a review of 2,500 people who’ve had their payment stopped.

# heather-humphreys - Tuesday 28 July, 2020

Humphreys promises 'common sense approach' on whether people on PUP are 'genuinely seeking work'
# Covid-19 Benefit
# Covid-19 Benefit

Humphreys promises 'common sense approach' on whether people on PUP are 'genuinely seeking work'

Jul 28th 2020, 10:57 PM 23,483 Views 48 Comments

The Dáil passed legislation this evening that gave the payment a legal basis and said that those in receipt of it must be “genuinely seeking” work.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 27 July, 2020

Heather Humphreys: 'If you're permanently unemployed, then you should be looking for work'
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Heather Humphreys: 'If you're permanently unemployed, then you should be looking for work'

Jul 27th 2020, 2:11 PM 48,071 Views 76 Comments

The decision to cut welfare payments after recipients’ holidays abroad has been criticised by TDs as unfair, misguided and discriminatory.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 25 May, 2020

'It is not a rule, it is guidance': Tony Holohan says two-metre social distancing is not 'hard and fast law'
# Social Distancing
# Social Distancing

'It is not a rule, it is guidance': Tony Holohan says two-metre social distancing is not 'hard and fast law'

Updated May 25th 2020, 7:19 PM 47,783 Views 109 Comments

Concerns have been raised about the impact the measures will have on businesses as the country re-opens.

# heather-humphreys - Wednesday 13 May, 2020

Government under fire as business 'restart grant' not up and running, two weeks in
# Business Closures
# Business Closures

Government under fire as business 'restart grant' not up and running, two weeks in

May 13th 2020, 6:45 AM 12,310 Views 8 Comments

ISME says businesses are ‘bleeding out cash’.

# heather-humphreys - Saturday 9 May, 2020

Handshakes and sharing cups banned: How Irish businesses will operate once they reopen
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Handshakes and sharing cups banned: How Irish businesses will operate once they reopen

Updated May 9th 2020, 3:19 PM 102,227 Views 86 Comments

The HSA can order a business to shut down operations if it doesn’t comply with the measures.

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