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#Social Protection

# social-protection - Friday 29 September, 2017

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

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?

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

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)

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?

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

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

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

# social-protection - Wednesday 14 June, 2017

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

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

# social-protection - Friday 2 June, 2017

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

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

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

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

# social-protection - Friday 5 May, 2017

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# social-protection - Saturday 15 October, 2016

# social-protection - Tuesday 11 October, 2016

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# social-protection - Monday 23 November, 2015

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

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

The social welfare Christmas bonus is coming at the start of December

It has been increased by 75% this year.

# social-protection - Tuesday 13 October, 2015

Here's how families will be affected by the Budget

Child Benefit is up by a fiver and the Respite Care Grant has been restored.

# social-protection - Tuesday 6 October, 2015

Should we cut welfare for the middle-class?

That’s what a new right-wing think tank want.

# social-protection - Sunday 2 August, 2015

Homelessness has increased since the action plan after Jonathan Corrie's death

An extra 172 families are now homeless since the action plan was published last December.

# social-protection - Sunday 12 July, 2015

Social welfare screw-up left lone parent without child benefit

The parent’s benefit payments were stopped after a screw-up involving someone else’s PPS number.