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#Minister for Social Protection

# minister-for-social-protection - Monday 16 November, 2020

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

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

# minister-for-social-protection - Thursday 6 August, 2020

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

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

# minister-for-social-protection - Tuesday 6 November, 2018

Illness Benefit payments back to normal levels, says minister

People began to complain of delays in payments back in August.

# minister-for-social-protection - Saturday 20 August, 2016

Self-employed workers' rights were on the back burner for years, so why the change of heart now?

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar wants to know what benefits self-employed workers want.

# minister-for-social-protection - Thursday 4 February, 2016

Man claims government department gave private investigator his personal information

David Lannon has alleged that the information was given to the investigator on behalf of Allied Irish Bank.

# minister-for-social-protection - Tuesday 19 January, 2016

'I have never made a personal attack on another politician, but I am furious'

Independent TD John Halligan was first up this evening in the debate on the Tánaiste’s no confidence motion.

# minister-for-social-protection - Wednesday 28 January, 2015

Child benefit is 'staying as it is', regardless of what the IMF says

The Coalition is standing its ground.

# minister-for-social-protection - Monday 21 July, 2014

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.

# minister-for-social-protection - Tuesday 17 June, 2014

Revised bill would allow people to legally change their gender at age 16 or 17

However, a court order will be required, as well as certification from a doctor that the applicant is mature enough.

# minister-for-social-protection - Thursday 1 May, 2014

Gardaí investigate employees at Burton's department over €1.2m claims

It is alleged that the employees were making payments to a number of individuals that were “not appropriate”.

# minister-for-social-protection - Saturday 8 March, 2014

Jobseekers appeals taking over 25 weeks to process

The Social Welfare Appeals Office is currently dealing with 13,444 appeals.

# minister-for-social-protection - Saturday 21 December, 2013

Over 141,000 social welfare applications rejected in 2013

Figures from the Department of Social Protection revealed more than 23,000 appeals were lodged in the first ten months of this year.

# minister-for-social-protection - Saturday 5 October, 2013

Protest planned against extension on JobBridge schemes

Socialist MEP Paul Murphy of the website says that it’s “patently ridiculous” that an internship should last for 18 months.

# minister-for-social-protection - Thursday 19 September, 2013

You can now do up to three - instead of two - JobBridge internships

So far the number of JobBridge internships has passed 20,000.

# minister-for-social-protection - Wednesday 3 April, 2013

Poll: Should young people be prioritised in job creation? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should young people be prioritised in job creation?

USI wants a ‘significant investment’ in youth job creation – but younger people are also less likely to have pressures like mortgages.

USI calls for greater investment in Youth Guarantee Scheme

Latest figures have shown that 30.8 per cent of those under 25 years of age are now unemployed.

# minister-for-social-protection - Wednesday 27 March, 2013

Birth certs remain an issue for transgender Irish

While Ireland will recogise amended birth certificates from other countries, “gender reassignment is not yet recognised” in the country.

# minister-for-social-protection - Saturday 23 February, 2013

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Burton says hecklers gave Dundalk a 'bad image' following shopping centre protest

The Minister for Social Protection was heckled as she attempted to deliver a speech in Dundalk , Co Louth yesterday.

# minister-for-social-protection - Wednesday 30 January, 2013

At least 60% of domiciliary care allowance applications refused

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said the department received 4,339 claims for domiciliary care allowance in 2012.

# minister-for-social-protection - Friday 18 January, 2013

Burton: 2,000 places added to CE scheme

Minister Joan Burton made the announcement today about the scheme, saying that it was part of the efforts to help jobseekers become employment-ready.

# minister-for-social-protection - Saturday 8 December, 2012

Fine Gael politicians urge Burton to roll back on respite grant cut

A Fine Gael TD and a Senator have both asked the Minister to reconsider the decision to cut the grant by over €300.

# minister-for-social-protection - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

Respite care grant cut by over €300 in budget

The reduction represents a 19 per cent cut in the payment which is used by carers to pay for home help and respite care.

# minister-for-social-protection - Monday 22 October, 2012

Over half of JobBridge finishers are in paid employment

However a report also indicated one third of participants who finished placements early said they were dissatisfied with their internship.

# minister-for-social-protection - Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Column: Making employers pay for sick leave is simply not fair

Placing social welfare costs onto businesses is an additional burden on employers and will result in job losses writes Ian Martin.

# minister-for-social-protection - Thursday 6 September, 2012

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The Evening Fix... now with added superheroes

Things we learned, loved and shared today.

Burton 'very much values' free travel scheme

Minister Joan Burton said some reports on the review of the free travel scheme were “a bit wildly speculative”.

# minister-for-social-protection - Sunday 1 July, 2012

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things to know this morning…

# minister-for-social-protection - Wednesday 9 May, 2012

Additional 1,000 JobBridge places announced

Minister Joan Burton says scheme is also being extended to include people receiving One Parent Family payment and disability allowance.

# minister-for-social-protection - Monday 19 March, 2012

Burton: referendum will be held in early summer

The Government wants to avoid holding the vote during the Leaving Cert, Euro 2012 or the Eucharistic Congress.

# minister-for-social-protection - Tuesday 13 March, 2012

Joan Burton to visit New York today to tell America that Ireland is great

The trip is the latest in a series of visits to America by senior Irish politicians recently in a bid to promote Ireland’s business and tourism.

# minister-for-social-protection - Friday 9 March, 2012

Joan Burton defends government action on fuel poverty

Minister for Social Protection says households with high levels of fuel poverty will be prioritised this year.

# minister-for-social-protection - Thursday 23 February, 2012

Government unveils scheme to get unemployed back to work

Minister Joan Burton unveiled the ambitious plan today and promised that the Irish government will not repeat the mistakes of the 1980s.

# minister-for-social-protection - Sunday 22 January, 2012

No decision yet on selling ESB - Burton

But the Minister for Social Protection suggested the Government still hoped to raise €2billion by selling State assets.

# minister-for-social-protection - Sunday 2 October, 2011

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

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.

# minister-for-social-protection - Wednesday 29 June, 2011

National internship scheme offers thousands of placements for unemployed

Participants get a small weekly payment and can retain their social welfare entitlements.