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# social-protection - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

Budget 2013: here's what will affect the children

Child Benefit has been cut by €10 for the first child but up to €20 for the subsequent children.

PSRI changes will hit employees by €264.16 per year

The Budget will see the abolition of the PRSI-free allowance, meaning all employee income is hit at 4 per cent.

Burton asks for extra €685 million in social protection funding... for 2012

On the day of Budget 2013, Joan Burton asks an Oireachtas committee to approve a 5.1 per cent increase for 2012.

# social-protection - Saturday 1 December, 2012

Budget 2013: Four days to go, here is the speculation so far

The Budget is days away and though there has been fewer leaks than last year there’s plenty of speculation. This is what we can expect on Wednesday… definitely, maybe.

# social-protection - Friday 30 November, 2012

Poll: Should child benefit be cut by €10? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should child benefit be cut by €10?

Reports suggest the government is planning to cut child benefit from €140 to €130 per month. What do you think – good idea? Bad idea?

# social-protection - Sunday 25 November, 2012

"Daylight robbery" - SF reaction to plans to deduct property tax from social welfare

Media reports suggest that the move is being considered.

# social-protection - Friday 19 October, 2012

Joan Burton the most popular of the high-profile ministers

A new poll has also revealed that voters are in support of means testing child benefit payments.

# social-protection - Tuesday 9 October, 2012

Burton 'playing politics with people's fears' over proposed disability cut

The Social Protection Minister has been advised of a proposal to cut disability allowance payments for under 18s in the forthcoming budget, the second leak in two weeks from her department.

# social-protection - Monday 1 October, 2012

Report on cutting child benefit being 'considered' by Burton

Fianna Fáil wants Social Protection Minister Joan Burton to honour a pre-election promise and say that child benefit will not be cut in the forthcoming budget.

Report recommends child benefit be cut to about €100 per month

A so-called “two tier” child benefit system, recommended by an advisory group to the Social Protection Minister, would see child benefit payments cut to about €100 per month.

# social-protection - Wednesday 12 September, 2012

Department plays down report over €324bn shortfall

The Irish Times cited an unpublished report from KPMG that indicated the State was facing a massive pensions and social welfare shortfall by 2066 in a story today that the government has played down.

# social-protection - Tuesday 21 August, 2012

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

The nine stories you need to know this morning.

# social-protection - Saturday 18 August, 2012

Column: Should the rich give back their benefits? No – it’s the wrong question.

This idea is a cover for the Government’s ineptitude, writes Aaron McKenna. Have we forgotten the point of social welfare?

# social-protection - Tuesday 14 August, 2012

Explainer: Can you refuse Child Benefit payments?

Parents can decide not to receive the Child Benefit payment if they wish. But how?

# social-protection - Tuesday 7 August, 2012

Burton: No plans to change disability allowance eligibility

The Minister noted a surge in applications for disability allowance, but denied any changes in criteria or conditions.

# social-protection - Tuesday 31 July, 2012

Column: Why is the government delaying a law to recognise transgender people?

Ireland is in clear defiance of a High Court judgment that said the law on transgender people has to change, writes Michael Farrell.

# social-protection - Monday 30 July, 2012

A MAN IN HIS 40S is due to appear in a Dublin court later this morning in connection with Social Welfare payment fraud. The court appearance follows a multi-agency investigation involving the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation and the Department of Social Protection’s special investigations unit in liaison with the UK’s Department of Work & Pensions and the Fraud Investigation Service.

# social-protection - Monday 23 July, 2012

Burton questions 'loyalty to the State' of tax exiles

Speaking a the MacGill summer school, Joan Burton says taxes are high enough – but there are too many loopholes to avoid them.

Government undecided on child benefit tax for wealthy

Fianna Fáil leader has dismissed the proposal as “gesture politics”.

# social-protection - Thursday 19 July, 2012

Poll: Should child benefit be means-tested? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should child benefit be means-tested?

The IMF has suggested that the universal payment could be means-tested to save money. What do you think?

# social-protection - Sunday 1 July, 2012

Burton: How many people have had benefits cut for not taking up jobs? Almost 900

In a strong speech about social welfare, the Minister gave the first major indication that Labour will strongly resist any big cuts to benefits in December’s Budget.

# social-protection - Monday 18 June, 2012

Burton looks to play down tensions over sick pay reform

The social protection minister says a dispute about reforms to sick pay is not about her or any other minister.

# social-protection - Sunday 17 June, 2012

Junior minister under fire over 'no work, no benefits' call

Shane McEntee’s suggestion that young people shouldn’t get welfare unless they join a work scheme has been labelled “hypocritical” by a youth group.

# social-protection - Sunday 10 June, 2012

101 prisoners claimed social welfare despite being behind bars this year

The Department of Social Protection has been cracking down on the number of prisoners who claim social welfare benefits while in jail.

# 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.

# social-protection - Thursday 3 May, 2012

Burton defends government's jobs record, says economy is in 'transition'

The Social Protection Minister claimed that the jobs initiative had boosted tourism numbers. Yesterday, the CSO said that there were fewer visits to Ireland in the first quarter of 2012.

# social-protection - Tuesday 20 March, 2012

Disabilities: 1,700 Domiciliary Care Allowance applications scheduled for review

A number of people have initiated legal proceedings against the Department over its decision to cease DCA payments.

# social-protection - Friday 9 March, 2012’s progress report for the Government: Social welfare

Has Joan Burton kept the government’s promises of reversing cuts while keeping all baseline social welfare rates unchanged?

# social-protection - Monday 13 February, 2012

Enhanced support for people with disabilities announced

The Minister for Social Protection has announced two new initiatives aimed at enhancing the support offered to people with disabilities who are planning to take up employment or development opportunities.

# social-protection - Thursday 9 February, 2012

Joan Burton says rent supplement review a "positive" move

Social Protection Minister says December review of rent supplement payments – which cost the State €503m in 2011 – was vital to reflect real rental prices but that ‘no-one will be left homeless’ by changes.

# social-protection - Monday 16 January, 2012

Cuts to rent supplement will lead to evictions, say property owners

The Irish Property Owners’ Association says planned cuts to rent supplement could also put mortgages into default.

# social-protection - Wednesday 11 January, 2012

Revenue chairwoman apologises for distress caused by pensions letters

Josephine Feehily acknowledges that the Revenue Commissioners caused ‘confusion and distress’ to many Irish pensioners.

# social-protection - Tuesday 10 January, 2012

Revenue chairwoman to face TDs' questioning on pensions debacle

Josephine Feehily is to attend tomorrow’s meeting of the Oireachtas Finance committee, along with Social Protection officials.

# social-protection - Wednesday 28 December, 2011

Cowen: 'Strained finances' the cause of rise in social welfare fraud reporting

Figures have shown a huge rise in the number of anonymous tip-offs of suspected social welfare fraud in 2011.

# social-protection - Saturday 10 December, 2011

Government expects to exceed social welfare savings target

Targets for next year may now be revised in light of the savings made in 2011 so far.

# social-protection - Wednesday 7 December, 2011

Government "will revisit" Budget cut to disability allowance

Enda Kenny says the proposal to cut disability benefit for young people by up to €111 per week will be reviewed.

# social-protection - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

Column: We had to make difficult cuts in the Budget - but these are extraordinary times

Social welfare spending has to be cut in order to balance the budget – but we can still protect the most vulnerable, says Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection.

# social-protection - Wednesday 30 November, 2011

Almost a quarter of Irish people living in ‘deprivation’ – survey

An annual CSO survey shows that 22.5 per cent of Irish people experience two or more types of enforced deprivation.

# social-protection - Monday 14 November, 2011

Unemployment group welcomes Budget’s freeze for welfare rates

The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed welcomes Fergus O’Dowd’s assurance that welfare rates will not be cut.

# social-protection - Wednesday 9 November, 2011

Burton: ‘We’re not talking about’ €700m cut to social protection

The Minister for Social Protection said she was “very confident” a figure reported this morning was not accurate.