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# welfare - Friday 27 July, 2012

Column: Dark, damp room or the street – this is the choice faced by many

Cuts to rent supplement are forcing people to make impossible choices, writes Bob Jordan of Threshold.

# welfare - Friday 20 July, 2012

2.2 million received weekly social welfare payment last year - report

The Minister for Social Protection has published two reports detailing work undertaken by her Department in 2011.

# welfare - 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?

# welfare - Saturday 7 July, 2012

Column: Centra’s gaffe isn’t the real problem here – our welfare system is

It’s not news that some benefits are spent on alcohol, writes Aaron McKenna. Time for a simple change to the system.

# welfare - Monday 2 July, 2012

Ulster Bank will pay utility bills for some customers

The bank is still struggling to clear a backlog of payments.

# welfare - 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.

Working costs parents up to €400 a week - provisional study

However, the costs fall dramatically as children grow older and begin school.

# welfare - Saturday 16 June, 2012

Just 10-20 per cent of people better off on dole, says ESRI

The economic think-tank has revised the findings from a controversial working paper which it pulled earlier this week.

# welfare - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Column: The problems with Richard Tol's ESRI working paper

Are economists better placed than psychologists to explain why people go to work? Nat O’Connor looks at the controversial ESRI working paper.

# welfare - 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.

# welfare - Monday 28 May, 2012

Column: Our welfare system is broken. We can fix it… by paying everybody.

Paying rich and poor alike might sound counter-intuitive – but it could lay the foundation for a welfare system that works, writes Anne B Ryan.

# welfare - Wednesday 9 May, 2012

What is the Public Services Card?

The Public Services Card will include facial imaging software to help detect and prevent welfare fraud. What else do we know about this new ID card?

# welfare - Thursday 5 April, 2012

Airport and rent inspectors will be used to combat welfare fraud

Welfare fraud inspectors will be deployed to all entry and exit points to the country.

# welfare - Thursday 22 March, 2012

New standards for protection and welfare of children launched

Members of the public are being asked for their opinions on the proposed new national standards, which are for the protection and welfare of children in Ireland.

# welfare - Wednesday 14 March, 2012

Column: Our welfare system is wasteful – and a timebomb for our children

As benefits for the most vulnerable are cut, our system throws money at others who don’t need it, writes Aaron McKenna.

# welfare - 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?

# welfare - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

Column: We should be giving jobless people the money we’re wasting

The funds we’re currently spending on make-work training programmes should be handed directly to unemployed people, writes Aaron McKenna.

# welfare - Thursday 16 February, 2012

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# welfare - Monday 6 February, 2012

Those on benefits do not have enough for 'basic standard of living'

A report being launched today highlights the difficulties of those in receipt of jobseeker’s benefit who do not have enough to meet their physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs.

# welfare - Tuesday 24 January, 2012

New welfare 'profiling' to determine when jobless likely to find work

The new system aims to reduce long-term unemployment – and penalise people who refuse work or training.

# welfare - Tuesday 10 January, 2012

Greece classes paedophilia as a 'disability'

The expansion of the list of state-recognised disability categories to include paedophiles, kleptomaniacs and sadomasochists has concerned disability groups in Greece.

# welfare - Wednesday 7 December, 2011

Infographic of the day: Budget 2012

The VAT increase, the Household Charge, cigarettes and alcohol – get all of the main points of Budget 2012 in two rather nifty infographics.

# welfare - 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.

# welfare - Sunday 2 October, 2011

€28,000 yearly welfare payments are not indicative of average families - Department

Figures put together by the Department of Social Protection show reveal how much a family of six on social welfare could receive in a year.

# welfare - Tuesday 13 September, 2011

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things to know by 9am: Four in court over halting site slavery, Amnesty finds human rights abuses on both sides in Libya, and more pressure on Ryan Tubridy…

Joan Burton launches crackdown on 'unfair' welfare fraud

The initiative could save the State €625 million by next year, and has already seen some people’s payments stopped.

# welfare - Monday 5 September, 2011

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things you should know this morning…

# welfare - Thursday 18 August, 2011

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know this morning…

# welfare - Wednesday 10 August, 2011

Welfare recipients encouraged to avail of Back to Education scheme

Almost €200 million has been made available for the scheme, but the inability of applicants to apply for the student maintenance grant on top of the allowance is being criticised.

# welfare - Monday 25 July, 2011

Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Enda Kenny announces 'radical' changes to welfare

The Taoiseach also warned of further spending cuts, saying we can “no longer afford” certain services.

# welfare - Monday 18 July, 2011

Joan Burton criticised over welfare 'lifestyle choice' comments Lifestyle Choice This post contains a poll

Joan Burton criticised over welfare 'lifestyle choice' comments

Sinn Féin described the Minister’s comments as “galling” – saying that the government had failed to create jobs for the unemployed.

New rules mean 55 people have dole cut with more to come

Joan Burton wants to target those for whom welfare is a “lifestyle choice”.

# welfare - Wednesday 6 July, 2011

Column: Economic growth won't save us - in fact, we'd be better without it

The manic pursuit of growth tipped Ireland into economic crisis. It’s time to look elsewhere for inspiration, argues sufficiency expert Anne B Ryan.

# welfare - Thursday 16 June, 2011

Bill to reinstate minimum wage and raise pension age passes Dáil

The age at which a worker is entitled to a State pension will rise to 68 by 2028.

# welfare - Thursday 9 June, 2011

Column: What can you do when you're trapped on a council estate?

Drugs, violence, no sense of community and nowhere to turn – social housing can be a heartbreaking place for a mother bringing up kids, writes Lisa McInerney.

# welfare - Saturday 14 May, 2011

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: France not bending on Ireland’s corporation tax; Department of Finance concerned about “generous” redundancy packages proposed by AIB; and a ‘commission on welfare’ to be set up.

# welfare - Sunday 24 April, 2011

Dole claimants who refuse offers of work will have payments cut

The minister for social protection Joan Burton has said that she wants to get people back to work and off the cash-in-hand black market.

# welfare - Sunday 3 October, 2010

O'Keeffe says he 'won't wear the Budget if there are cuts'

Ned O’Keeffe says he could withdraw support for government, and that he and other TDs “won’t wear the Budget if there are cuts” in welfare payments.