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# 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 7,072 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 148,718 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 51,572 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 37,116 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 88,905 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 14,519 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 70,000 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 25,247 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 19,096 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 44,704 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 26,052 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 23,639 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 48,005 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 56,995 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 21,039 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 27,859 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 46,423 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 26,800 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 40,329 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 57,977 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 69,220 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 47,387 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 74,871 Views 214 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 23,456 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 47,983 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 47,668 Views 108 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 12,276 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 102,201 Views 85 Comments

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

# heather-humphreys - Saturday 2 May, 2020

Businesses told to check 'essential workers' list again as some may have closed in error
# Re-opening
# Re-opening

Businesses told to check 'essential workers' list again as some may have closed in error

May 2nd 2020, 5:45 PM 72,098 Views 44 Comments

Minister Heather Humphreys said some businesses may have closed when there was no need to.

# heather-humphreys - Thursday 30 April, 2020

Businesses will not reopen if they can't get Covid-19 insurance, says Howlin
# Pandemic Cover
# Pandemic Cover

Businesses will not reopen if they can't get Covid-19 insurance, says Howlin

Apr 30th 2020, 7:49 PM 21,463 Views 24 Comments

Labour’s Brendan Howlin said businesses fear being held liable for their employees or their customers becoming victims of Covid-19.

# heather-humphreys - Wednesday 29 April, 2020

Businesses should plan for how they can reopen while adhering to social distancing rules, says minister
# BUSINESS SUPPORTS
# BUSINESS SUPPORTS

Businesses should plan for how they can reopen while adhering to social distancing rules, says minister

Apr 29th 2020, 5:43 PM 29,611 Views 41 Comments

Another package of business supports will be announced shortly, said Minister Heather Humphreys.

# heather-humphreys - Wednesday 8 April, 2020

€1bn worth of supports announced for businesses, with a push to get companies to sell online
# Liquidity
# Liquidity

€1bn worth of supports announced for businesses, with a push to get companies to sell online

Apr 8th 2020, 4:59 PM 17,130 Views 11 Comments

The supports aim to help with liquidity issues experienced by businesses.

# heather-humphreys - Thursday 27 February, 2020

Government to provide financial support to those affected by floods
# Aid
# Aid

Government to provide financial support to those affected by floods

Feb 27th 2020, 9:35 PM 11,036 Views 12 Comments

The scheme will be provided by the Irish Red Cross on behalf of the government.

# heather-humphreys - Wednesday 15 January, 2020

'Nutters' dismissal, Leo in a forklift and 'silly attacks': Parties get out for the first full day on the campaign trail
# Ge2020
# Ge2020

'Nutters' dismissal, Leo in a forklift and 'silly attacks': Parties get out for the first full day on the campaign trail

Updated Jan 15th 2020, 6:00 PM 30,222 Views 91 Comments

The Taoiseach hit the road to Monaghan.

# heather-humphreys - Friday 29 November, 2019

New rules to ensure gift vouchers are valid for five years kick in on Monday
# Cyber Monday
# Cyber Monday

New rules to ensure gift vouchers are valid for five years kick in on Monday

Nov 29th 2019, 7:30 AM 13,770 Views 14 Comments

From next week, shoppers will be able to use more than one voucher per transaction.

# heather-humphreys - Thursday 29 August, 2019

Brexit: Jobs minister says businesses being asked to 'prepare for worst possible outcome'
# No Deal
# No Deal

Brexit: Jobs minister says businesses being asked to 'prepare for worst possible outcome'

Aug 29th 2019, 12:43 PM 12,760 Views 23 Comments

Yesterday the queen approved a request to suspend UK parliament next month.

# heather-humphreys - Friday 16 August, 2019

Government to examine if 'right to disconnect' from emails out of hours would work in Ireland
# Work Life Balance
# Work Life Balance

Government to examine if 'right to disconnect' from emails out of hours would work in Ireland

Aug 16th 2019, 6:00 AM 42,803 Views 25 Comments

The law would give workers the right to avoid emails out of hours.

# heather-humphreys - Thursday 15 August, 2019

Consumer watchdog to probe pricing of public liability insurance
# HIGH PREMIUMS
# HIGH PREMIUMS

Consumer watchdog to probe pricing of public liability insurance

Aug 15th 2019, 10:49 AM 10,283 Views 28 Comments

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission is to probe into the increasing levels of public liability insurance premiums.

# heather-humphreys - Thursday 25 July, 2019

DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson says 'we are facing no deal' if EU doesn't compromise on backstop
# Brexit Deal
# Brexit Deal

DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson says 'we are facing no deal' if EU doesn't compromise on backstop

Updated Jul 25th 2019, 8:21 PM 35,080 Views 111 Comments

Speaking yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK will “do a new deal, a better deal”.

# heather-humphreys - Thursday 20 June, 2019

LinkedIn announces 800 new jobs as part of expansion of Irish operation
# Career Opportunities
# Career Opportunities

LinkedIn announces 800 new jobs as part of expansion of Irish operation

Jun 20th 2019, 9:43 AM 20,112 Views 26 Comments

The move will see the company’s Irish workforce expand by two thirds.

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