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#Social Protection

# social-protection - Thursday 25 June, 2015

Today, our Government will condemn thousands of children to even deeper levels of poverty

Today is the last day of the One-Parent Family Payment for anyone whose youngest child is aged seven. Approximately 11,000 families will immediately lose income.

# social-protection - Wednesday 10 June, 2015

A woman was asked to pay the Dept. of Social Protection €105,000 after her mother died...

The woman’s mother, who suffered from mental health problems, passed away in 2012.

# social-protection - Thursday 28 May, 2015

€96m could have been overspent in dole payments

Also, 62 cases of people “claiming multiple identities” cost taxpayers a LOT of money.

# social-protection - Tuesday 26 May, 2015

Talk to Joan: 400 calls about dole and welfare fraud EVERY WEEK

Over 4,000 case investigations were carried out by the Department’s Special Investigation Unit.

# social-protection - Sunday 24 May, 2015

How much has Joan Burton's department spent on consultants?

It’s a bit tricky to arrive at an exact figure.

# social-protection - Wednesday 1 April, 2015

The government has a grand plan for unemployed construction workers...

They’re going to blitz construction companies with information about their employment services, like Jobbridge. And, erm, that’s about it really.

# social-protection - Thursday 26 March, 2015

Fully-qualified solicitors doing a JobBridge? It's 'a joke'

Not everyone is happy about the situation.

# social-protection - Saturday 21 February, 2015

'If it wasn't for JobBridge, I'd still be on benefits'

Almost four years on from the launch of the internship scheme, we’ve been asking participants about their experiences…

# social-protection - Tuesday 30 December, 2014

There were 24 data breaches in Joan Burton's department this year

Most of the cases were due to “genuine error”, the Tánaiste said.

# social-protection - Monday 22 December, 2014

Appealing a social welfare decision? Sit tight, it'll be a while

The average waiting time for a summary decision is seven months.

# social-protection - Tuesday 9 December, 2014

Gardaí defend hiring 16 JobBridge interns for €1.25 an hour

The force is currently seeking a “human rights assistant” and “legal/policing researcher.”

Gardaí on hunt to find dole cheats

20 gardaí will begin investigating social welfare fraud across the country.

# social-protection - Wednesday 3 December, 2014

Joan Burton wants to increase the Christmas Bonus again next year

The Tánaiste is in a giving mood and says the partial restoration of the bonus this year is “a start”.

# social-protection - Wednesday 26 November, 2014

'If there were no carers, the cost to the government would bring the system down'

Carers are calling for the respite care grant to be reinstated in 2015.

# social-protection - Tuesday 25 November, 2014

Government funds to pay for funerals halved since 2011

A review of the guidelines for Exceptional Needs Payments was carried out in 2012.

# social-protection - Monday 17 November, 2014

Woman awarded €5,000 for not being allowed to do JobBridge internship

She was excluded from joining the scheme because she was in receipt of a one-parent family benefit.

# social-protection - Tuesday 14 October, 2014

Child Benefit: €5 extra per child, per month for parents

Brendan Howlin sprung the surprise increase this afternoon.

# social-protection - Wednesday 10 September, 2014

Joan Burton set to clear up confusion about outdoor weddings

Marquees at the ready…

# social-protection - Tuesday 26 August, 2014

Department's top doctor isn't retiring... because they can't find anyone good enough to replace him

Dr. Clement Leech should have retired in 2012. Interviews for a replacement were held last year but no candidates were deemed suitable.

# social-protection - Wednesday 6 August, 2014

Joan Burton defends new death certs after 'hidden suicide' claims

Where and when will grieving families be required to disclose a cause of death?

JobBridge is 'absolutely not' used by employers to get cheap labour

The Junior Minister for Labour Activation said that any employers who abuse the system will be “taken off”.

# social-protection - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

'No questions about it, the Free Travel pass is safe'

However, a review is taking place, something which Joan Burton makes “no apology” about it.

# social-protection - Saturday 5 July, 2014

Should families with teens be given more money to feed them? Growing Pains This post contains a poll

Should families with teens be given more money to feed them?

A food poverty charity has asked Joan Burton to consider ow expensive it is to feed teenagers when drafting the next Budget.

# social-protection - Friday 4 July, 2014

'Fingers still crossed': Joan Burton feeling hopeful about Labour leadership

The new Labour Party leader will be named this afternoon.

# social-protection - Thursday 3 July, 2014

9,000 families to lose one-parent payment from today

Changes to the plan were announced two years ago.

# social-protection - Thursday 26 June, 2014

How should Irish adoption laws be changed?

Representatives from a number of groups will address the Health Committee on this issue today.

# social-protection - Sunday 22 June, 2014

Joan Burton's department has refused to name most of the companies who use JobBridge

Sixty-eight per cent of companies who advertised over 9,000 posts on the JobBridge asked to remain anonymous.

# social-protection - Monday 16 June, 2014

Rent allowance banned in Ballymun to "attain a good social mix"

The Department of Social Protection says the ban doesn’t affect those already in receipt of the payment.

How many people have taken up Gateway job activation places?

The scheme offers those on social welfare an extra €20 a week.

# social-protection - Sunday 15 June, 2014

The number of people receiving a carer's allowance has increased by 40%

Joan Burton came under fire in the Dáil this week for cuts to grants and delays in social welfare decisions.

# social-protection - Sunday 4 May, 2014

Government unsure if paying social welfare electronically will save money

This is due to the scale of anti-fraud measures that must be developed.

# social-protection - Wednesday 30 April, 2014

Taoiseach warns of risk of 'welfare dependency' despite falling unemployment

An Taoiseach made the comments as Live Register declined for the 22nd consecutive month.

Unemployment rate falls again to 11.7 per cent

It represents the 22nd month in a row that the number of claimants on the Live Register has fallen.

# social-protection - Monday 28 April, 2014

Joan Burton's response: Eamon Gilmore is the leader of the Labour Party and I support him in that.

Phil Prendergast MEP suggested that the Social Protection Minister take over the leadership.

# social-protection - Wednesday 16 April, 2014

Almost 27 per cent of us have experienced two or more types of deprivation

Disposable income, poverty rates and income drops were all looked at in the survey.

# social-protection - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

Gardaí to work as social welfare inspectors

Twenty gardaí are to be sent around the country as part of a new pilot scheme to crack down on social welfare fraud.

# social-protection - Thursday 10 April, 2014

Department carried out one million reviews of social welfare recipients last year

The Department of Social Protection says it saved €632 million in 2013 by carrying out the reviews in a bid to minimise social welfare fraud.

# social-protection - Saturday 22 March, 2014

Sligo has the highest rate of people on JobBridge right now

0.35 per cent of the population within the age limits for the scheme are currently taking part.

# social-protection - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

Just 69 people have taken up Gateway places

The Gateway scheme would pay long-term unemployed people €20 a week to work in their local communities.

# social-protection - Monday 24 February, 2014

Government must modernise An Post says Dáil motion

Reports last week said the post office network could lose the Social Protection contract, but the Department says that isn’t happening.