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#Social Welfare

# social-welfare - Tuesday 5 August, 2014

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

It’s the start of your four-day week – and here’s everything you need to know as you start your day.

# social-welfare - Monday 21 July, 2014

Over €200m worth of unclaimed social welfare payments in past three years DSP

Over €200m worth of unclaimed social welfare payments in past three years

No, you can’t have them. There were all returned to the Department.

# social-welfare - Saturday 19 July, 2014

Social welfare staff are being told to refuse dole payments to 'locked out' Greyhound workers

A circular issued to social welfare staff advises them to reject applications for jobseeker’s payments.

# social-welfare - Thursday 17 July, 2014

'No evidence' that disproportionately high number of migrants receive social welfare

A new study has found that the number in receipt of these payments are just a little or below the number in the work force.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 9 July, 2014

Here's what the social welfare budget paid for last year

Between pensions, jobseeker’s payments and allowances for children and carers, Joan Burton’s department spend €20.3 billion.

# social-welfare - Sunday 6 July, 2014

What counties have the highest number of people on rent allowance?

Outside of Dublin, Wexford has the highest concentration.

# social-welfare - Thursday 3 July, 2014

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

Changes to the plan were announced two years ago.

# social-welfare - Monday 16 June, 2014

Appealing a social welfare decision? You could be in for a long wait

The average processing time of an appeal is six months.

# social-welfare - 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-welfare - Wednesday 11 June, 2014

Does Ireland's corporate tax rate need to be changed?

TDs will debate the controversial issue in the Dáil today.

# social-welfare - Thursday 5 June, 2014

Leaving Cert students asked about how to cope 'on the Dole'

That was the Higher Levels. The Ordinary Levels were asked one entire question about soup.

How is the government revamping the social welfare system?

That’s one of the subjects up for debate in Leinster House today.

# social-welfare - Saturday 31 May, 2014

Water charges a step too far for jobseekers

Charity, St Vincent de Paul is worried that adults without children won’t be able to afford water as there are no extra allowances for them.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 28 May, 2014

Immigrant council demands rights for stateless to work and access social services

In Ireland campaigners want the government to introduce clear, transparent and accessible determination procedures to allow the swift identification of stateless persons.

# social-welfare - 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-welfare - Thursday 1 May, 2014

Gardaí investigate employees at Burton's department over €1.2m claims

It is alleged that the employees were making payments to a number of individuals that were “not appropriate”.

# social-welfare - 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-welfare - Thursday 24 April, 2014

FLAC says new welfare strategy should target department errors - not just fraud

The organisation’s director general said Burton’s anti-fraud programme makes a concerning link between overpayments and fraud and creates potential for people making repayments to fall into destitution.

Column: I've entered the Church of Burton ... Yes, I am now a JobBridge intern

After two years of being unemployed, I’ve just started a JobBridge internship. The experience has been a mixed one so far.

Post offices could link up with credit unions to provide banking services

The Irish Postmasters’ Union is set to work with Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte to diversify services.

Burton's department launches programme to catch welfare fraudsters

In one instance, a man claiming jobseeker’s had €400,000 in his bank account and the minister said some €10 million has already been recovered as part of her department’s new system.

# social-welfare - Thursday 17 April, 2014

The 9 at 9: Thursday

It’s Thursday – and here’s everything you need to know before 9am.

Complaints against social welfare staff have increased six-fold

Some 171 complaints were made against named officers in 2013, up from 27 in 2010.

# social-welfare - 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-welfare - Sunday 13 April, 2014

Recovering from the rains: Fishing industry battles on

However, funding remains a significant hindrance to many fishermen.

# social-welfare - 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-welfare - Sunday 6 April, 2014

The 9 at 9: Sunday

It’s the last day of the weekend – and here’s everything you need to know as we start the day.

# social-welfare - Thursday 27 March, 2014

Self-employed treated like "second-class citizens" in social welfare system - ISME

ISME is calling for self-employed person to have the option of paying a higher rate of PRSI in order to entitled them to the same social welfare payments as their PAYE counterparts.

# social-welfare - Thursday 13 March, 2014

Column: The Troika created a social experiment – and Ireland was the unlucky lab rat

Today MEPs voted to endorse the findings of a report into the Troika – but ultimately there will be no sanctions. Ireland is not yet free from economic shackles, writes Nessa Childers MEP.

# social-welfare - Monday 3 March, 2014

Most of 500,000 identity cards in Ireland issued to social welfare claimants

Almost 239,000 of these cards have been issued in Dublin.

# social-welfare - Friday 21 February, 2014

Dole cut for long-term unemployed who refuse to work in local authorities

The INOU said participants need to be matched appropriately to suitable positions.

# social-welfare - Monday 10 February, 2014

The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning! Here are the nine stories you need to know this morning as the week begins.

# social-welfare - Sunday 2 February, 2014

Fake news site Waterford Whispers is planning to create some real jobs…

Former bar trade worker Colm Williamson’s hoping to create five jobs over the next year as he goes full-time with ‘Ireland’s Number One Satire News Source’.

# social-welfare - Thursday 30 January, 2014

Column: The Government stalls while people with mobility difficulties fall deeper into isolation

The Government had a knee-jerk reaction last year and cut Mobility Allowance to new applicants. Nearly 12 months later, those in need are still in limbo, writes Anne-Maree Quinn.

# social-welfare - 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.

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning! Here are the nine things you need to know this stormy Sunday morning…

# social-welfare - 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-welfare - Sunday 29 December, 2013

More than 40 Intreo Centres to be active by February 2014

Jobseekers can receive payments and supports at the new centres.

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