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#Social Protection

# social-protection - Sunday 23 February, 2014

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

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

# social-protection - Sunday 26 January, 2014

Burton defends welfare checks on widows and widowers

The issue has been in the spotlight after an elderly woman had her pension stopped when she refused to engage with inspectors.

# social-protection - Thursday 9 January, 2014

Column: The State’s new year resolution should be to cherish all children equally

Cuts introduced since the beginning of the economic crisis have had a devastating effect on lone parent families, writes Louise Bayliss.

# social-protection - Wednesday 11 December, 2013

Average household receives €327 per week in social welfare payments

87 per cent of households now receive some kind of payment from the government in the form of child benefit, State pension or another social welfare payment.

# social-protection - Wednesday 4 December, 2013

Column: Restoring the Christmas bonus should be a no-brainer

A reintroduction of the Christmas bonus would be a huge boost for both people who rely on social welfare payments and for the economy, writes Patrick Nulty TD.

# social-protection - Thursday 28 November, 2013

Joan Burton: Why it's time to talk about a Living Wage for Ireland

Our social welfare system already supports those in work by topping-up low wages. This is why a Living Wage could increase tax revenue and decrease spending on benefits, the Social Protection Minister argues.

# social-protection - Thursday 21 November, 2013

Ireland spends less of its social protection budget on old age benefit than anywhere in EU

The state has one of the highest spends on healthcare, however.

# social-protection - Tuesday 19 November, 2013

New legislation to protect pensioners with defined benefit schemes

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton received approval for the Bill today, which she says leaves the State pension completely unaffected.

# social-protection - Saturday 2 November, 2013

Burton calls for 'living wage' and says welfare state makes employers 'efficient'

The Minister for Social Protection has made a significant speech on the welfare state today.

# social-protection - Friday 1 November, 2013

Students protest cuts to social welfare by eating beans on a couch at Leinster House

They also dressed as members of cabinet to highlight the differences in income between politicians and the unemployed.

# social-protection - Saturday 26 October, 2013

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Vigil at children’s hospital to highlight medical card removal

Parents and supporters gathered at Crumlin Children’s Hospital this afternoon to protest revoking of cards for some chronically-ill children.

# social-protection - Thursday 24 October, 2013

Social Welfare and Pensions Bill passes second stage in Dáil

The bill passed the second stage by 79 votes to 44 and will now go before a committee.

# social-protection - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

Social welfare garda checks must not involve racial profiling - ICI

The Immigrant Council of Ireland wants Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to outline safeguards against racial profiling in crackdown on welfare fraud.

# social-protection - Tuesday 15 October, 2013

Telephone allowance, maternity benefit and medical cards hit hard in Budget

Brendan Howlin’s announcement of a review of all medical cards was greeted with jeers from members of the opposition parties.

Readers’ Panel Part Two: What are you expecting from Budget 2014?

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.

RTÉ to take €5m hit as Dept of Social Protection cuts free TV licences payment

Current recipients of free licences will not be affected, has learned – instead, the State broadcaster will take brunt of the cut.

# social-protection - Monday 14 October, 2013

Carers plead for Household Benefit Package to be protected

Reports over the weekend suggested that some cuts to packages for family carers could be in tomorrow’s Budget, but carers say that would be the wrong move.

# social-protection - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

1,900 "welfare tourists" caught in three years

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

# social-protection - Saturday 5 October, 2013

Social Protection dept sends letters to Irish unemployed about jobs... in the UK

The department said that Irish people “are entitled to avail of any jobs on offer in other EU countries” and that the Jaguar Land Rover posts could be of interest to them.

# social-protection - Monday 23 September, 2013

'Sense of alarm' over Revenue investigation of blind pension

A report yesterday said Revenue is to start looking at records to see if individuals are in receipt of a second pension and assess their level of tax compliance.

Column: Who really benefits from the new 'carrot and stick' approach to welfare payments?

New welfare system changes are morally dubious and serve only make the lives of unemployed more unpleasant, writes Tom Boland.

# social-protection - Sunday 15 September, 2013

"There is nothing decided on welfare cap" - Joan Burton

Reports today say that cuts to Social Protection will amount to a welfare cap, but the Minister for Social Protection says nothing has been decided.

# social-protection - Friday 6 September, 2013

ISME: Plans to increase PRSI for self employed "utter madness"

The proposed rise in Pay Related Social Insurance is being considered by Minister Joan Burton.

# social-protection - Friday 16 August, 2013

Column: I hope I hold on to my health – I don’t think I can afford to get sick

With the number of older people in consistent poverty doubling over just one year, pensioner Gordon* explains what daily life is like for him – and how he fears for the future.

# social-protection - Thursday 25 July, 2013

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Minister: No one wants to cut child benefit, but it can’t be ruled out

“Clearly no one wants to reduce child benefit, but there will be cuts and there will be adjustments,” Junior Finance Minister Brian Hayes has said of the social welfare budget this evening.

# social-protection - Sunday 21 July, 2013

'No discussion' on cutting Child Benefit in Budget 2014

Is there a row in the camp over the issue?

# social-protection - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

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

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

# social-protection - Thursday 11 July, 2013

€54m cost of JobBridge pushes 'employment supports' bill up by 10 per cent

Department of Social Protection spending represented 40.6 per cent of all Government expenditure last year, according to figures out today.

# social-protection - Friday 5 July, 2013

Burton will look to protect core welfare payments

The Social Protection minister said that cuts to her department will be ‘far south’ of €440 million in October’s budget.

# social-protection - Saturday 8 June, 2013

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Politics is a "blame game", says Burton Exclusive

The Minister also told that she accepts her colleague Minister Alan Shatter’s explanation over the Wallace controversy.

# social-protection - Wednesday 5 June, 2013

New limits for rent supplement to kick in later this month

Joan Burton is changing the maximum rent limits for rent supplement, which will raise some limits but reduce many others.

# social-protection - Thursday 23 May, 2013

Column: We need to help lone parents into work and away from welfare dependency

Ireland spends almost €1 billion a year on One Parent Family Payments, but the results have been poor. We need to support lone parents properly, writes Minister Joan Burton.

# social-protection - Tuesday 23 April, 2013

Social Welfare laws will allow part-time firefighters to retain welfare

Joan Burton will include a clause so that a part-time firefighter’s duty to remain close to a station does not bar them from the Dole.

# social-protection - Thursday 14 March, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Horse meat, Gaeilge, and welfare spending

The Public Accounts Committee scrutinises the accounts of the Department of Social Protection this morning.

# social-protection - Thursday 21 February, 2013

New child benefit will hurt poorer families, says Vincent de Paul

The recommended two-tier child benefit system will worsen the situation of families who are already struggling, the charity said.

# social-protection - Tuesday 5 February, 2013

Economic crisis has underlined the 'critical importance' of the welfare state - Burton

The Minister for Social Protection said that without welfare payment, “millions of families across the EU would literally be left with nothing”.

# social-protection - Monday 4 February, 2013

€92.35 million overpaid in Social Welfare payments in 2011

Overpayments have increased year-on-year since 2007, according to new figures released by Minister Burton.

# social-protection - Sunday 9 December, 2012

Here's where Ireland overspent by €1.118 billion on last year's Budget

Nine Departments and agencies needed extra top-ups to their funding in 2012. Here’s where the overflow went.

# social-protection - Thursday 6 December, 2012

Labour TDs meet with Burton in last-ditch bid to stop child benefit cuts Exclusive

Two Dublin TDs want to stop the government from cutting child benefit – but if they can’t, will they vote against the Budget?

Counting the pennies: where your tax money will go in 2013

The government’s going to spend €69 billion in total next year. So where does the average taxpayer’s money go?