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#Social Welfare

# social-welfare - Tuesday 24 December, 2013

No decision on income tax cut until closer to the Budget - Kenny

Middle-income families stand to benefit from any tax cuts next year, but by how much won’t be clearer until closer to the October Budget.

# social-welfare - Monday 23 December, 2013

An Post wins new contract to keep delivering social welfare payments

The department say that the contract is worth more than €50 million a year to An Post.

# social-welfare - Saturday 21 December, 2013

Over 141,000 social welfare applications rejected in 2013

Figures from the Department of Social Protection revealed more than 23,000 appeals were lodged in the first ten months of this year.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 18 December, 2013

Social housing waiting list falls to almost 90,000 households

Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan said it emphasised the need for “momentum behind the delivery of social housing”.

# social-welfare - 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-welfare - Sunday 8 December, 2013

Burton: Maternity benefit cuts aren't a disincentive to women working

Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked Minister Burton about the new maternity benefit rate being brought in under Budget 2014.

# social-welfare - Thursday 5 December, 2013

WATCH: TDs try to figure out what 'amazeballs' means

The only problem was they were pronouncing it ‘amazey-balls’.

# social-welfare - 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-welfare - Sunday 1 December, 2013

€1 million deducted from social welfare benefits to pay property tax

Over 15,000 people opted to have the tax taken from their payment.

# social-welfare - Sunday 24 November, 2013

Burton: There'll be no delay restoring Jobseeker payments for seasonal workers

The Minister for Social Protection is advising anyone taking up work for Christmas to let their local social welfare office know.

# social-welfare - 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-welfare - Sunday 10 November, 2013

Separated dad sets up 'equality group' after Budget tax changes

New proposed changes to the One Parent Family Credit have been announced – and separated parents are not happy.

# social-welfare - 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.

Three Labour senators targeted over dole cut but they'll support measure

Young people are being urged to lobby three Labour senators to vote against a provision of the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill in the Seanad next week but they will all support the measure.

# social-welfare - 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-welfare - Monday 28 October, 2013

Switzerland is to vote on giving every citizen an unconditional income of €2,000

This is the result of a system where proposals which receive 100,000 signatures can be voted on by the public.

Irish man considers joining British army to pull family out of poverty Exclusive

The 25-year-old father of two said he was told he would be expected to spend six months in Afghanistan if he enlisted.

# social-welfare - Sunday 27 October, 2013

Questions raised over lack of records for Emergency Needs Payments

Charities supporting those struggling financially said it would be helpful to have information on the reasons people are seeking the payment to assess needs.

# social-welfare - Friday 25 October, 2013

'Mean, ruthless, vicious': TD scathing as Dáil votes to abolish bereavement grant

One opposition TD labelled the cut to the €850 grant as “a mean, ruthless, vicious targeting of people at their most vulnerable time”.

Social Welfare Bill moves to final stages before TDs go on their mid-term break

The Dáil will sit an extra day to focus on the bill, which was heard for the first time in the chamber yesterday.

# social-welfare - 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.

Minister says welfare bill protects against poverty, TDs say it's 'mean and cruel'

A slight difference of opinion over Budget cuts in the Dáil chamber today…

# social-welfare - Monday 21 October, 2013

More than 2,400 penalties for jobseekers who refuse work or education

The figure for 2013 is already well ahead of the corresponding number of sanctions last year.

# social-welfare - Thursday 17 October, 2013

Gilmore: "The place for any young person is not permanently in front of a flatscreen"

The cut in dole payments for young people dominated Leader’s Questions, following a Labour backbencher’s remark about young people ‘stuck watching flatscreens’.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 15 October, 2013

Higher rate of Invalidity Pension to be phased out

A higher level of payment offered within the scheme is to be cut for certain recipients.

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.

# social-welfare - Monday 14 October, 2013

Poll: Should dole payments for those under 26 be reduced? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should dole payments for those under 26 be reduced?

The Government’s expected to change the terms of dole payments for young people in tomorrow’s Budget. But is it a good idea?

# social-welfare - Thursday 10 October, 2013

Over 1,200 employers and 2,400 jobseekers register for JobsPlus scheme

The new initiative that rewards employers for taking on the long term unemployed was launched during the summer.

# social-welfare - Monday 30 September, 2013

Welfare paid out nearly €100 million in incorrect payments last year

The rate of overpayment has jumped 92 per cent since 2007, but just 42 per cent of wrongful payments were down to fraud.

# social-welfare - 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.

# social-welfare - Sunday 15 September, 2013

Here's what happened today: Sunday

Joan Burton has not decided on capping welfare, hundreds protest in Ballinasloe and Galway claim the All-Ireland camogie championship.

# social-welfare - 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-welfare - Monday 2 September, 2013

Long-term unemployed man “at a loss” after college course cancelled

A course in Construction, Management, Maintenance and Refurbishment was due to begin on 9 September, but was cancelled last week.

Labour TD says protect social welfare, but FG TD says spending is not sustainable

Two government backbenchers have outlined vastly different approaches to Budget 2014 in columns for in the last 24 hours.

# social-welfare - Saturday 24 August, 2013

Welfare traps preventing people from moving into employment

A report has recommended that the department review eligibility criteria for some payments to “recognise the reality of the labour market”.

# social-welfare - Saturday 17 August, 2013

Hundreds of families applying for grants to help cover high funeral costs

The Department of Social Protection is paying out more than €5 million every year to help people cover funeral and burial expenses for their loved ones.

# social-welfare - Friday 2 August, 2013

Clerys staff told it may be months before store re-opens

Clerys closed last Thursday and one staff member told that they have been told they may not be returning to work until November.

# social-welfare - Wednesday 31 July, 2013

Live Register falls by 3,200 in July

The number of people signing on for a year or more has decreased slightly, -1.3 per cent on July 2012.

# social-welfare - Tuesday 30 July, 2013

Over 263,000 Public Services Cards issued to social welfare claimants

The card aims to provide public service providers with a verification of an individual’s identity, particularly those collecting social welfare payments and using the Free Travel Pass.

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