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#Social Protection

# social-protection - Tuesday 26 December, 2017

County breakdown: Government paid out over €4 million to help cover costs of funerals
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

County breakdown: Government paid out over €4 million to help cover costs of funerals

Dec 26th 2017, 7:30 AM 14,492 Views 47 Comments

Exceptional needs payments can be made under the supplementary welfare allowance scheme.

# social-protection - Thursday 7 December, 2017

Department of Social Protection admits wording of welfare cheats campaign was a mistake
# Mistake
# Mistake

Department of Social Protection admits wording of welfare cheats campaign was a mistake

Dec 7th 2017, 8:09 PM 34,032 Views 97 Comments

The Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All campaign was launched by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in April of this year.

# social-protection - Monday 4 December, 2017

Pensioner says she fears she'll be homeless at Christmas after social welfare payments suspended
# High Court
# High Court

Pensioner says she fears she'll be homeless at Christmas after social welfare payments suspended

Dec 4th 2017, 5:30 PM 34,773 Views 0 Comments

She was told she was being investigated by the Department of Social Protection and the payments were being suspended.

# social-protection - Wednesday 18 October, 2017

'I found myself shouting at the radio': War of words between Doherty and O'Dea on pension motion
# Fighting Words
# Fighting Words

'I found myself shouting at the radio': War of words between Doherty and O'Dea on pension motion

Oct 18th 2017, 10:30 AM 23,934 Views 107 Comments

The Government looks set to lose a vote in the Dáil.

# social-protection - Saturday 7 October, 2017

Bring JobPath fraud claims to me and I'll investigate, says minister
# Jobseekers
# Jobseekers

Bring JobPath fraud claims to me and I'll investigate, says minister

Oct 7th 2017, 7:30 AM 20,130 Views 28 Comments

Catherine MurphyTD has raised serious concerns in the Dáil regarding the activation programme, JobPath.

# social-protection - Wednesday 4 October, 2017

FactFind: How does Ireland's jobseeker's benefit compare to the rest of the EU?
# Factfind
# Factfind

FactFind: How does Ireland's jobseeker's benefit compare to the rest of the EU?

Oct 4th 2017, 10:00 PM 59,461 Views 118 Comments

One of the Budget talking points will be how our social welfare benefits compare to our EU counterparts.

# social-protection - Friday 29 September, 2017

Six people were wrongly paid over €200,000 in social welfare
# Overpayments
# Overpayments

Six people were wrongly paid over €200,000 in social welfare

Sep 29th 2017, 7:42 PM 39,589 Views 106 Comments

The six cases have all been reported to gardaí.

# social-protection - Sunday 3 September, 2017

It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC?
# Wherefore Art Thou
# Wherefore Art Thou

It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC?

Sep 3rd 2017, 9:00 PM 21,438 Views 100 Comments

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe is as culpable as anyone when it comes to the furore surrounding the Public Services Card. So why is he keeping such a low profile?

# social-protection - Sunday 27 August, 2017

State pension bump of €5 being considered ahead of Budget 2018
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

State pension bump of €5 being considered ahead of Budget 2018

Aug 27th 2017, 2:26 PM 19,883 Views 83 Comments

An across-the-board increase is reportedly being considered.

# social-protection - Friday 21 July, 2017

People can now get the fuel allowance in two lump sums (rather than every week)
# This Is New
# This Is New

People can now get the fuel allowance in two lump sums (rather than every week)

Jul 21st 2017, 3:04 PM 35,850 Views 90 Comments

The news was welcomed by a number of parties.

# social-protection - Saturday 15 July, 2017

Pretty soon you're going to need this card to do a whole load of important things in Ireland - but why?
# Big Brother
# Big Brother

Pretty soon you're going to need this card to do a whole load of important things in Ireland - but why?

Jul 15th 2017, 12:05 AM 148,850 Views 157 Comments

Applying for a passport and a driver’s licence will soon require the Public Services Card – but that’s only the beginning.

# social-protection - Monday 3 July, 2017

Parents urged to apply for increased Back to School Clothing allowance
# Helping Hand
# Helping Hand

Parents urged to apply for increased Back to School Clothing allowance

Jul 3rd 2017, 7:36 AM 27,187 Views 61 Comments

The department is launching an awareness campaign well ahead of the 30 September deadline.

# social-protection - Saturday 24 June, 2017

An extra 1,500 social welfare fraud cases have been reported since start of 'Cheats' campaign
# On The Rise
# On The Rise

An extra 1,500 social welfare fraud cases have been reported since start of 'Cheats' campaign

Jun 24th 2017, 3:19 PM 18,945 Views 101 Comments

There have been 4,859 reports received by the department since 18 April, compared to 3,322 in the same period last year.

# social-protection - Sunday 18 June, 2017

FactCheck: Did the government really save €500 million due to reported welfare fraud last year?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Did the government really save €500 million due to reported welfare fraud last year?

Jun 18th 2017, 12:05 AM 52,873 Views 76 Comments

No. No it didn’t.

# social-protection - Wednesday 14 June, 2017

Good news for parents: Back to school allowance is going up by 25%
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Good news for parents: Back to school allowance is going up by 25%

Jun 14th 2017, 6:25 AM 43,170 Views 56 Comments

Meanwhile, the weekly payments for those in Direct Provision are also set to be increased.

# social-protection - Friday 2 June, 2017

From poisoned chalice to top of the table, is Leo Varadkar now destined to be Taoiseach?
# Profile
# Profile

From poisoned chalice to top of the table, is Leo Varadkar now destined to be Taoiseach?

Jun 2nd 2017, 9:10 PM 32,387 Views 101 Comments

The Social Protection Minister could succeed Enda Kenny as leader of Fine Gael … and the country.

# social-protection - Wednesday 31 May, 2017

Leo's department said there was only one identity fraud case this year but there's actually been 11
# Carry The One
# Carry The One

Leo's department said there was only one identity fraud case this year but there's actually been 11

May 31st 2017, 2:35 PM 22,566 Views 67 Comments

Sinn Féin has called on the government to end this “dishonest welfare fraud campaign”.

# social-protection - Sunday 7 May, 2017

Government criticised over huge number of disabilities payments denied, only to be allowed upon appeal
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Government criticised over huge number of disabilities payments denied, only to be allowed upon appeal

May 7th 2017, 7:30 AM 19,470 Views 39 Comments

Last year 58% of applications for disability allowance were allowed after they were appealed.

# social-protection - Friday 5 May, 2017

Poll: Would you report someone you suspected of welfare fraud?
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Poll: Would you report someone you suspected of welfare fraud?

May 5th 2017, 10:00 AM 28,284 Views 140 Comments

The ‘Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All’ campaign is designed to encourage reporting of suspected or known social welfare fraud.

Reports of suspected social welfare fraud double after launch of advertising campaign
# Welfare Cheats
# Welfare Cheats

Reports of suspected social welfare fraud double after launch of advertising campaign

May 5th 2017, 6:05 AM 14,769 Views 81 Comments

Leo Varadkar’s department made €41 million in overpayments due to customer fraud in 2016.

# social-protection - Tuesday 2 May, 2017

Self-employed would 'pay more tax if they got extra benefits in return'
# Looking Into It
# Looking Into It

Self-employed would 'pay more tax if they got extra benefits in return'

May 2nd 2017, 7:00 AM 9,586 Views 32 Comments

Leo Varadkar said that the results of the survey carried out by his department would inform Budget 2018.

# social-protection - Sunday 16 April, 2017

County breakdown: 10,640 fathers have taken paternity leave since September
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

County breakdown: 10,640 fathers have taken paternity leave since September

Apr 16th 2017, 10:00 AM 17,214 Views 54 Comments

Dublin had the highest number of recipients, while Leitrim had the lowest.

# social-protection - Tuesday 11 April, 2017

Private investigator gave information from Social Protection Department to insurance companies
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Private investigator gave information from Social Protection Department to insurance companies

Apr 11th 2017, 1:08 PM 20,929 Views 19 Comments

Over 1,400 data protection complaints were made in 2016, up from 932 in 2015.

# social-protection - Wednesday 5 April, 2017

Self-employed? Here's what a psychologist wants you to know about work/life balance

Self-employed? Here's what a psychologist wants you to know about work/life balance

Apr 5th 2017, 3:12 PM 23,208 Views 0 Comments

If you work for yourself, these are must-reads.

# social-protection - Monday 6 February, 2017

It's now easier to take a career break without losing your state pension entitlements
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

It's now easier to take a career break without losing your state pension entitlements

Feb 6th 2017, 3:26 PM 24,853 Views 13 Comments

People will now have five years to decide if they want to pay voluntary contributions.

# social-protection - Thursday 5 January, 2017

Varadkar says lone parents can earn more under measure that kicks in today
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Varadkar says lone parents can earn more under measure that kicks in today

Jan 5th 2017, 4:54 PM 25,807 Views 61 Comments

Changes have been made to the One-Parent Family Payment and the Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment.

# social-protection - Thursday 22 December, 2016

Jump in reports of people allegedly working and claiming social welfare
# Fraud
# Fraud

Jump in reports of people allegedly working and claiming social welfare

Dec 22nd 2016, 4:51 PM 18,991 Views 60 Comments

The Department of Social Protection received over 20,000 reports of welfare fraud from members of the public up to the end of November.

# social-protection - Sunday 13 November, 2016

'Utterly appalling': Anger expressed at waiting times for carer's allowance claims
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

'Utterly appalling': Anger expressed at waiting times for carer's allowance claims

Nov 13th 2016, 7:10 AM 10,167 Views 10 Comments

More than 4,000 people are waiting for their applications to be processed, with an average wait time of 14 weeks.

# social-protection - 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 41,417 Views 30 Comments

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

# social-protection - Tuesday 18 October, 2016

"Our view is that it has done the job it was asked to do" - JobBridge to be wound down from Friday
# Scrapped
# Scrapped

"Our view is that it has done the job it was asked to do" - JobBridge to be wound down from Friday

Oct 18th 2016, 4:49 PM 18,597 Views 72 Comments

Consultation will soon begin for a new job activation programme to take its place.

# social-protection - Saturday 15 October, 2016

'Don't scrap the USC - it's one of the fairest and most progressive taxes in Ireland'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Don't scrap the USC - it's one of the fairest and most progressive taxes in Ireland'

Oct 15th 2016, 9:30 AM 1,412 Views 186 Comments

David Gibney writes that if you scrap the USC, the revenue must be found elsewhere or we will face deteriorated public services.

# social-protection - Tuesday 11 October, 2016

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 58,374 Views 108 Comments

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

# social-protection - Tuesday 27 September, 2016

FactCheck: Did the last government cut payments to lone parents?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Did the last government cut payments to lone parents?

Sep 27th 2016, 7:07 PM 25,057 Views 77 Comments

FactCheck looks into a a controversial claim made by Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar on Morning Ireland yesterday.

# social-protection - Sunday 29 May, 2016

'I believe that exploitation was rife in JobBridge': Former participants share their experience
# Rip Jobbridge
# Rip Jobbridge

'I believe that exploitation was rife in JobBridge': Former participants share their experience

May 29th 2016, 7:30 AM 19,932 Views 52 Comments

New minister for social protection Leo Varadkar announced the end of the programme last Sunday.

# social-protection - 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 36,263 Views 36 Comments

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

# social-protection - Monday 16 May, 2016

Postmasters call for Varadkar to halt electronic benefit payments
# Return To Vendor
# Return To Vendor

Postmasters call for Varadkar to halt electronic benefit payments

May 16th 2016, 9:30 AM 28,973 Views 69 Comments

The Irish Postmasters’ Union has said that the payments account for 30% of all business.

# social-protection - Monday 25 April, 2016

Galway and Cork make most claims for humanitarian assistance funding after flood damage
# Flood Relief
# Flood Relief

Galway and Cork make most claims for humanitarian assistance funding after flood damage

Apr 25th 2016, 6:00 AM 6,200 Views 3 Comments

Almost €900,000 has been paid out so far this year.

# social-protection - Friday 22 April, 2016

Joan's department recovered €83m in social welfare overpayments last year
# Fraud And Error
# Fraud And Error

Joan's department recovered €83m in social welfare overpayments last year

Apr 22nd 2016, 7:13 PM 21,133 Views 103 Comments

Nearly 360 fraud cases were submitted for prosecution in 2015.

# social-protection - Thursday 10 March, 2016

Hundreds sign petition protesting against fox-hunting internship on JobBridge
# Blood Sports
# Blood Sports

Hundreds sign petition protesting against fox-hunting internship on JobBridge

Mar 10th 2016, 6:02 AM 21,697 Views 290 Comments

The petition was started by the Irish Council Against Bloodsports.

# social-protection - Thursday 31 December, 2015

Tánaiste's head of staff is paid €52,000 more than pay cap
# L'Oréal TREATMENT
# L'Oréal TREATMENT

Tánaiste's head of staff is paid €52,000 more than pay cap

Dec 31st 2015, 10:20 AM 29,111 Views 112 Comments

A war of words between Labour and Fianna Fáil has erupted on the subject.