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# Department of Social Protection

Last month
January 2024
Letters on money owed to be issued to those who received PUP while working
Last year
Three lump sum payments announced in Budget 2024 to be paid this week
Taoiseach confirms that the state pension will increase in the next Budget
Ireland's level of unemployment has reached its lowest point in more than 20 years
Births and deaths set to be registered online for the first time
€200 cost-of-living payment to be given to 1.3 million people this week
All time
Government woos 1,200 Spaniards for 'hard-to-fill' jobs but housing problems glossed over
Fostering allowance becoming insufficient amid cost-of-living crisis, say carers
State parental leave expanded to seven weeks
Mother receives letter seeking repayment of disability allowance claimed after her son died
Alleged excessive data gathering by Department of Social Protection being examined
The government's launched a plan to auto-enrol workers for pensions - here's how it will work
'Insanity': Criticism as unemployment benefit to be paid at post offices rather than online
One man said he now has to drive over 55km to a post office in order to collect the payment, which brings his fuel cost to between €45 - €50 a week.
Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys said that the return to post offices would help to support the network and tackle welfare fraud.
A Social Democrats TD said the idea that people in receipt of social welfare are going to defraud the State "has been debunked on several occasions".
Extra resources promised to clear backlog of nearly 5,000 PPS number applications
Top Pandemic Unemployment Payment rates cut by €50 from today
First cuts to Pandemic Unemployment Payment rates take effect from today
Government spent €30.6 billion on social welfare payments in 2020, up 46% from 2019
Number of people receiving PUP dips below 200,000 for the first time
Returning workers face being overtaxed unless they cancel their Pandemic Unemployment Payment
Child benefit instalment unpaid for older teenagers due to delay with forms
Today is the last day people can sign up for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment
People reminded to hang up scam calls and not engage as reports continue
Warnings reissued as scam calls continue
School meals programme to be extended this summer due to impact of Covid-19 pandemic
Number of people receiving PUP dips below 300,000 for the first time this year
Department of Social Protection warns of phone scam using what appears to be its helpline number
'Sophisticated' scam involves people receiving phone calls from bogus department official
Second man arrested in relation to Pandemic Unemployment Payment fraud scheme
PUP claimants reach 335,600 people as ministers promise payments won't change during Level 5
More than 350,000 people still in receipt of Pandemic Unemployment Payment
Number receiving Covid-19 unemployment payment rises by over 15,000
Department of Social Protection and An Post issue warnings over scam text messages
What's in it for me? — Everything you need to know about the government's July stimulus package
Minister signals change to pandemic unemployment payment on the way
Debunked: No, the government hasn't issued a €350 payment to everyone in the country
Tourism, food and construction worst-hit by Covid-19 job losses
Over half a million people receive Covid-19 unemployment payment this week, as IMF releases dire economic forecast
Department 'inadvertently' emailed 1,700 people telling them their Covid-19 payment was to be stopped
Recipients of Covid-19 illness benefit who were underpaid will get arrears this week
Coronavirus: People on social welfare income support now tops 710,000