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#Jobseekers Allowance

# jobseekers-allowance - Tuesday 16 November, 2021

No plans for rollback of cuts to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment rates
# PUP
# PUP

No plans for rollback of cuts to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment rates

Updated Nov 16th 2021, 7:13 PM 41,739 Views 39 Comments

From today, the €250 PUP rate will reduce to €203 per week.

# jobseekers-allowance - Monday 15 November, 2021

ICTU: Scrap 'inadequate' unemployment welfare system and link payments to past earnings
# Jobseeker's Benefit
# Jobseeker's Benefit

ICTU: Scrap 'inadequate' unemployment welfare system and link payments to past earnings

Nov 15th 2021, 12:05 AM 32,098 Views 22 Comments
  • ICTU general secretary says higher PUP rate highlight paltry nature of Jobseeker's Benefit, Ian Curran writes.
  • Calls to move to European-style system, where welfare benefits are based on a percentage of past earnings.
  • Irish flat-rate system dates back to period before independence.

# jobseekers-allowance - Tuesday 12 October, 2021

State pension and core social welfare payments to increase by €5 per week
# Welfare
# Welfare

State pension and core social welfare payments to increase by €5 per week

Oct 12th 2021, 2:48 PM 31,721 Views 26 Comments
  • This will bring the full State pension to €253.30 per week.
  • A €5 increase to the Fuel Allowance comes into effect from midnight.
  • The Living Alone Allowance will also increase by €3 per week.

# jobseekers-allowance - Friday 5 July, 2019

New social welfare scheme promises 'breathing space' for unemployed artists
# Draw The Dole
# Draw The Dole

New social welfare scheme promises 'breathing space' for unemployed artists

Jul 5th 2019, 9:35 PM 27,057 Views 81 Comments

Unemployed artists will be able to receive jobseekers allowance while also focusing on their own work for 12 months.

# jobseekers-allowance - Friday 30 June, 2017

Woman who committed €31,000 worth of welfare fraud sentenced to community service
# Circuit Criminal Court
# Circuit Criminal Court

Woman who committed €31,000 worth of welfare fraud sentenced to community service

Jun 30th 2017, 8:11 PM 29,791 Views 50 Comments

Patricia Sweeney had forged declaration of unemployment forms in order to carry out the fraud.

# jobseekers-allowance - Sunday 27 November, 2016

'My Jobseeker's Allowance was cut to €40 a week - I can’t afford to go to interviews'
# Youth Unemployment
# Youth Unemployment

'My Jobseeker's Allowance was cut to €40 a week - I can’t afford to go to interviews'

Nov 27th 2016, 8:30 PM 14,040 Views 139 Comments

I don’t want a free ride. I want the Department of Social Protection to assist me.

# jobseekers-allowance - Tuesday 1 November, 2016

Waiting times for social welfare payments vary from one week to 40 weeks
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Waiting times for social welfare payments vary from one week to 40 weeks

Nov 1st 2016, 6:00 AM 45,197 Views 30 Comments

As of 30 September, the average waiting time to receive a carer’s allowance was about nine months.

# jobseekers-allowance - Tuesday 11 October, 2016

'There are lots of jobs available': Leo defends lower jobseekers' payments to young people
# Young And Broke
# Young And Broke

'There are lots of jobs available': Leo defends lower jobseekers' payments to young people

Oct 11th 2016, 8:35 PM 27,010 Views 83 Comments

Young jobseekers will get an increase of €2.70 to their payment per week next year.

FactCheck: How do jobseeker's payments here compare to Northern Ireland?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: How do jobseeker's payments here compare to Northern Ireland?

Oct 11th 2016, 8:00 AM 58,603 Views 108 Comments

In the Dáil last week, Leo Varadkar asked TheJournal.ie for a fact check. We accepted that request.

# jobseekers-allowance - Sunday 22 May, 2016

'Completely unacceptable': 21-week wait for carer's allowance claims to be processed
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

'Completely unacceptable': 21-week wait for carer's allowance claims to be processed

May 22nd 2016, 8:30 AM 36,572 Views 36 Comments

The Department of Social Protection said processing times vary for different payments, depending on the qualification criteria.

# jobseekers-allowance - Monday 23 November, 2015

Under 26 and on the dole? Labour has some good news for you - sort of
# Show Me The Money
# Show Me The Money

Under 26 and on the dole? Labour has some good news for you - sort of

Nov 23rd 2015, 6:00 PM 34,548 Views 76 Comments

Young adults are currently paid a lower rate of jobseeker’s allowance.

Joan denies an unemployed man was told to apply for 200-300 jobs a week
# Didn't Happen
# Didn't Happen

Joan denies an unemployed man was told to apply for 200-300 jobs a week

Nov 23rd 2015, 6:10 AM 21,639 Views 70 Comments

The Tánaiste said it was deemed that the man was ‘not genuinely seeking work’.

# jobseekers-allowance - Friday 7 November, 2014

Signing off for Christmas work? Your dole will be restored 'immediately' afterwards
# Seasonal Jobs
# Seasonal Jobs

Signing off for Christmas work? Your dole will be restored 'immediately' afterwards

Nov 7th 2014, 4:19 PM 14,802 Views 67 Comments

Minister Kevin Humphreys is reminding those on Jobseekers payments that seasonal work of up to eight weeks can be taken.

# jobseekers-allowance - Tuesday 7 October, 2014

New law would force unemployed to upload CVs to job sites - or have their dole cut
# Employment
# Employment

New law would force unemployed to upload CVs to job sites - or have their dole cut

Oct 7th 2014, 2:07 PM 15,248 Views 108 Comments

The government has launched its latest Pathways to Work document today.

# jobseekers-allowance - Saturday 19 July, 2014

Social welfare staff are being told to refuse dole payments to 'locked out' Greyhound workers
# Industrial Dispute
# Industrial Dispute

Social welfare staff are being told to refuse dole payments to 'locked out' Greyhound workers

Jul 19th 2014, 7:30 AM 20,582 Views 106 Comments

A circular issued to social welfare staff advises them to reject applications for jobseeker’s payments.

# jobseekers-allowance - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

Almost 3,000 extra young people were signing on last month
# Live Register
# Live Register

Almost 3,000 extra young people were signing on last month

Jul 2nd 2014, 1:17 PM 10,263 Views 74 Comments

Overall, the number of people on the Live Register decreased by 4,400 in June.

# jobseekers-allowance - Sunday 22 June, 2014

Opinion: Yes, I'm unemployed but that doesn't make me lazy or incompetent
# Looking For Work
# Looking For Work

Opinion: Yes, I'm unemployed but that doesn't make me lazy or incompetent

Jun 22nd 2014, 12:00 PM 2,148 Views 163 Comments

Somebody told me the other day, quite abruptly, that ‘there are plenty of jobs out there’. Well, I beg to differ.

# jobseekers-allowance - Monday 16 June, 2014

Appealing a social welfare decision? You could be in for a long wait
# Sit Tight
# Sit Tight

Appealing a social welfare decision? You could be in for a long wait

Jun 16th 2014, 7:00 AM 8,598 Views 6 Comments

The average processing time of an appeal is six months.

# jobseekers-allowance - Sunday 23 February, 2014

Jobseeker payments expenditure to fall by as much as 20 per cent
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Jobseeker payments expenditure to fall by as much as 20 per cent

Feb 23rd 2014, 7:30 AM 12,782 Views 24 Comments

The spend in 2014 is expected to be close to half of what it was in 2011.

# jobseekers-allowance - Saturday 2 November, 2013

Three Labour senators targeted over dole cut but they'll support measure
# Jobseekers Allowance
# Jobseekers Allowance

Three Labour senators targeted over dole cut but they'll support measure

Nov 2nd 2013, 7:15 AM 6,852 Views 31 Comments

Young people are being urged to lobby three Labour senators to vote against a provision of the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill in the Seanad next week but they will all support the measure.

# jobseekers-allowance - Friday 25 October, 2013

Dáil passes Social Welfare Bill which implements Budget 2014 cuts
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Dáil passes Social Welfare Bill which implements Budget 2014 cuts

Oct 25th 2013, 9:51 PM 10,400 Views 88 Comments

The bill now goes to the Seanad the week after next.

# jobseekers-allowance - Thursday 17 October, 2013

Column: The exploitation of young people has been cemented by this government
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: The exploitation of young people has been cemented by this government

Oct 17th 2013, 7:15 AM 123 Views 166 Comments

The cut in jobseeker’s allowance for those under 26 won’t nudge young people into “valuable training” in JobBridge or other schemes, it will push them into poverty and emigration, write Andrew Byrne and Dan Hayden.

# jobseekers-allowance - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

1,900 "welfare tourists" caught in three years
# Welfare Tourism
# Welfare Tourism

1,900 "welfare tourists" caught in three years

Oct 8th 2013, 5:33 PM 28,266 Views 206 Comments

New powers and investigative techniques have led to the apprehension of 101 welfare tourists at airports since last June.

# jobseekers-allowance - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

Social welfare payments delayed by one day, affecting 32,700 people
# Error
# Error

Social welfare payments delayed by one day, affecting 32,700 people

Jul 16th 2013, 9:14 PM 30,106 Views 139 Comments

The Department of Social Protection has blamed a “once off processing issue” for the delay with some payments today. They will be paid tomorrow.

# jobseekers-allowance - Friday 11 January, 2013

Government to hire private companies to find work for long-term unemployed
# Euroleaks
# Euroleaks

Government to hire private companies to find work for long-term unemployed

Jan 11th 2013, 11:25 AM 10,967 Views 133 Comments

Leaked bailout documents reveal new Department of Social Protection plans to get longstanding jobseekers back to work.

# jobseekers-allowance - Friday 4 January, 2013

Small drop in live register figures - but unemployment stays at 14.6 per cent
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

Small drop in live register figures - but unemployment stays at 14.6 per cent

Jan 4th 2013, 12:13 PM 3,082 Views 24 Comments

The number of people aged 25 or under on the live register dropped for the 29th month in a row.

# jobseekers-allowance - Saturday 29 December, 2012

Facial recognition on the way for social welfare claimants
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Facial recognition on the way for social welfare claimants

Dec 29th 2012, 7:30 PM 28,226 Views 284 Comments

The rollout of a new Public Services Card will mean new technology to ensure claimants are who they claim to be.

# jobseekers-allowance - Tuesday 4 December, 2012

Readers' Panel Part One: What are you expecting from Budget 2013?
# Budget 2013
# Budget 2013

Readers' Panel Part One: What are you expecting from Budget 2013?

Dec 4th 2012, 7:15 AM 5,061 Views 21 Comments

We spoke to some readers about their hopes and fears ahead of tomorrow’s budget. Here’s what they had to say, in their own words.

# jobseekers-allowance - Monday 19 November, 2012

Burton: Unemployed who work over Christmas "should not have any concerns"
# Christmas
# Christmas

Burton: Unemployed who work over Christmas "should not have any concerns"

Nov 19th 2012, 12:27 PM 10,383 Views 26 Comments

Those who are unemployed are able to work or attend a training course for up to eight weeks without it impacting on their various allowances.

# jobseekers-allowance - Wednesday 3 October, 2012

Oireachtas committee considers access to welfare for self-employed
# Welfare
# Welfare

Oireachtas committee considers access to welfare for self-employed

Oct 3rd 2012, 1:19 PM 5,900 Views 38 Comments

The committee heard from the Self Employed Alliance Dundalk who said there has been “unjust, unwarranted discrimination” against self-employed people.

# jobseekers-allowance - Wednesday 5 September, 2012

Live register down by 2,000 in August, but unemployment stays at 14.7pc
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

Live register down by 2,000 in August, but unemployment stays at 14.7pc

Sep 5th 2012, 11:01 AM 3,487 Views 45 Comments

Ireland’s unemployment rate remains unchanged, while the number of under-25s on the register is down yet again.

# jobseekers-allowance - Wednesday 29 August, 2012

Leaked Brussels report seeks Dole cuts to long-term unemployed
# Bailout
# Bailout

Leaked Brussels report seeks Dole cuts to long-term unemployed

Aug 29th 2012, 2:22 PM 13,463 Views 177 Comments

The European Commission says it’s disappointed that a draft document – raising the heat on Dublin – has been leaked.

# jobseekers-allowance - Monday 9 January, 2012

Four in ten see 'no future for themselves' in Ireland - survey
# Hard Up
# Hard Up

Four in ten see 'no future for themselves' in Ireland - survey

Jan 9th 2012, 8:44 AM 2,480 Views 24 Comments

More than half of households are now struggling to pay basic bills, according to new figures from the Irish League of Credit Unions.

# jobseekers-allowance - Sunday 2 October, 2011

€28,000 yearly welfare payments are not indicative of average families - Department
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

€28,000 yearly welfare payments are not indicative of average families - Department

Oct 2nd 2011, 3:27 PM 1,280 Views 42 Comments

Figures put together by the Department of Social Protection show reveal how much a family of six on social welfare could receive in a year.

# jobseekers-allowance - Monday 18 July, 2011

# jobseekers-allowance - Wednesday 1 June, 2011

Unemployment rate increased in May, reaching 14.8 per cent
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

Unemployment rate increased in May, reaching 14.8 per cent

Jun 1st 2011, 11:24 AM 475 Views 0 Comments

Figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the numbers signing on jumped by 2,600 in the month of May.

# jobseekers-allowance - Thursday 26 May, 2011

# jobseekers-allowance - Thursday 5 May, 2011

Unemployment down slightly as Live Register is unchanged
# Live Register
# Live Register

Unemployment down slightly as Live Register is unchanged

May 5th 2011, 12:01 PM 524 Views 0 Comments

Ireland’s rate of unemployment now stands at 14.6 per cent, down 0.1 from last month, with 439,200 signing on.

# jobseekers-allowance - Wednesday 30 March, 2011

Unemployment stays at 14.7 per cent as live register rises
# Live Register
# Live Register

Unemployment stays at 14.7 per cent as live register rises

Mar 30th 2011, 2:52 PM 428 Views 0 Comments

1,100 more people were signing on March, up by almost 11,000 on the same time last year but down on September’s peak.

# jobseekers-allowance - Monday 15 November, 2010