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#welfare state

# welfare-state - Wednesday 26 August, 2015

French woman gets €200/week disability allowance for controversial 'gadget allergy'

Marine Richard has a condition known as Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity.

# welfare-state - Monday 15 September, 2014

# welfare-state - 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.

# welfare-state - Sunday 27 October, 2013

Dutch asked to volunteer so ageing relatives get care

Netherlands’ generous welfare state slowly being replaced by “society of participation”.

# welfare-state - Sunday 14 July, 2013

How 'maternity box' gift helped lower infant mortality rates in Finland

Many Finnish babies spend their first nights nestled inside a cardboard box – and here’s why.

# welfare-state - Sunday 28 April, 2013

Rich pensioners 'should give back any handouts they don't need'

Free bus travel, free television licences, heating bill payments – one Conservative minister in Britain has suggested rich pensioners may not need them all.

# welfare-state - Saturday 27 April, 2013

Aaron McKenna: We need to pay for our pensions to remove the burden on future taxpayers

The only way to ensure the long-term prosperity of our retirees without burdening our children with unfair taxes is to create a state-backed – rather than entirely state funded – pension system that is means tested, writes Aaron McKenna.

# welfare-state - Tuesday 23 April, 2013

Rip-off pension charges make a 'huge difference' to your pension pot, says OECD expert

John Martin, who was behind the major OECD study published into Ireland’s pensions timebomb, says private pensions need to start sending regular letters out to people. Here’s why.

# welfare-state - Monday 22 April, 2013

Pensions timebomb: Let's link pension age to life expectancy, says expert

People are living longer so it makes sense to increase the pension age beyond 68 – so says the man behind today’s OECD report into Ireland’s pensions.

# welfare-state - Tuesday 14 August, 2012

Poll: Should wealthy parents be given the option to hand back child benefit? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should wealthy parents be given the option to hand back child benefit?

Reports today suggest that wealthy parents may be given the option to return the €140 monthly payment. Good idea? Bad idea?

# welfare-state - 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.