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Gardaí in Cork arrest and charge man for alleged PUP and social welfare fraud
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Gardaí in Cork arrest and charge man for alleged PUP and social welfare fraud

23 hours ago 51,615 Views 0 Comments

The man is alleged to have claimed €8,000 in fraudulent claims spread across the PUP and social welfare system.

Number of PUP recipients falls below 400,000 for the first time this year
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Number of PUP recipients falls below 400,000 for the first time this year

May 4th 2021, 4:13 PM 10,201 Views 22 Comments

Over 12,000 people have closed their claim in the last week because they have returned to work.

'Sophisticated' scam involves people receiving phone calls from bogus department official
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'Sophisticated' scam involves people receiving phone calls from bogus department official

Updated Apr 8th 2021, 12:45 PM 54,166 Views 22 Comments

The Department of Social Protection never requests bank account details from its customers by phone or SMS.

480,000 workers to receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow
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480,000 workers to receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow

Feb 1st 2021, 10:26 PM 20,698 Views 17 Comments

Over 10,000 people closed their PUP claims last week.

Almost half a million people to receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow
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Almost half a million people to receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow

Jan 25th 2021, 3:29 PM 21,377 Views 36 Comments

Construction is the sector that has seen the largest increase in the number of people receiving PUP this week.

Social welfare rights for UK citizens in Ireland and vice versa officially unaffected despite Brexit
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Social welfare rights for UK citizens in Ireland and vice versa officially unaffected despite Brexit

Jan 1st 2021, 1:44 PM 37,168 Views 46 Comments

A bilateral agreement covers a range of different benefits including those for sickness, parents, pensions and unemployment.

Over 1.6 million to get Christmas Bonus this week, as those receiving Covid PUP drops slightly
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Over 1.6 million to get Christmas Bonus this week, as those receiving Covid PUP drops slightly

Dec 7th 2020, 9:45 PM 35,913 Views 56 Comments

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be available until March of next year.

Pandemic Unemployment Payment arrears to be paid to 286,000 recipients today
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Pandemic Unemployment Payment arrears to be paid to 286,000 recipients today

Dec 1st 2020, 12:43 PM 25,365 Views 22 Comments

Some cases progressed more slowly due to their complexity and due to inadequate or inaccurate information provided.

Heather Humphreys: 'If you're permanently unemployed, then you should be looking for work'
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Heather Humphreys: 'If you're permanently unemployed, then you should be looking for work'

Jul 27th 2020, 2:11 PM 48,036 Views 76 Comments

The decision to cut welfare payments after recipients’ holidays abroad has been criticised by TDs as unfair, misguided and discriminatory.

Over a million people in Ireland receiving some sort of State income support
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Over a million people in Ireland receiving some sort of State income support

Apr 20th 2020, 2:20 PM 11,926 Views 16 Comments

Around 50,000 people currently receiving the unemployment payment are receiving income support for the first time.

Regina Doherty defends pandemic payment but admits system isn't 'perfect'
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Regina Doherty defends pandemic payment but admits system isn't 'perfect'

Apr 3rd 2020, 11:10 AM 35,784 Views 108 Comments

The social protection minister admitted that some students might be receiving more from the scheme than they would normally have earned.

Tax revenues last month almost €1 billion lower than March last year
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Tax revenues last month almost €1 billion lower than March last year

Apr 2nd 2020, 3:06 PM 23,046 Views 118 Comments

An Exchequer deficit of €2.5 billion was recorded in the first quarter of 2020.

There have been 58,000 applications for the Covid-19 unemployment payment
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There have been 58,000 applications for the Covid-19 unemployment payment

Updated Mar 19th 2020, 9:40 PM 47,091 Views 59 Comments

Minister Regina Doherty said 43,000 of those applications have been processed so far.

Here are workers' entitlements if they are affected by Covid-19
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Here are workers' entitlements if they are affected by Covid-19

Mar 2nd 2020, 9:23 PM 81,155 Views 41 Comments

The first case of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland was confirmed over the weekend.

Department boss says he's 'satisfied' the Public Services Card rollout is value for money
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Department boss says he's 'satisfied' the Public Services Card rollout is value for money

Nov 7th 2019, 8:37 AM 10,831 Views 24 Comments

The Secretary General of the Department of Social Protection is due before the PAC today.

54% of women who had State pensions reviewed after 'cruel' 2012 changes will get more money
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54% of women who had State pensions reviewed after 'cruel' 2012 changes will get more money

Nov 3rd 2019, 7:30 AM 52,231 Views 16 Comments

Changes to the State pension in 2012 meant carers who took time off work received less in their State pension.

'Jobpath Macht Frei': Condemnation after 'extremely offensive' sign placed at Cork Welfare office
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'Jobpath Macht Frei': Condemnation after 'extremely offensive' sign placed at Cork Welfare office

Oct 17th 2019, 9:19 PM 47,981 Views 63 Comments

The slogan “arbeit macht frei” is known for appearing on the entrance of Auschwitz.

Here's what Budget 2020 means for people receiving social welfare payments
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Here's what Budget 2020 means for people receiving social welfare payments

Oct 9th 2019, 8:03 AM 89,779 Views 87 Comments

The INOU has said it is “very disappointing” there were no increases to Jobseekers’ payments.

JobPath scheme extended by one year to help with 'labour uncertainty' from Brexit
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JobPath scheme extended by one year to help with 'labour uncertainty' from Brexit

Sep 25th 2019, 2:35 PM 24,118 Views 44 Comments

Controversy has overshadowed the scheme over the years due to complaints from users of the service.

'Cruel' State pension changes are still affecting thousands
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'Cruel' State pension changes are still affecting thousands

Jul 10th 2019, 6:19 PM 52,277 Views 36 Comments

Despite government revisions, only 32,307 pensioners have received an increase in their pension, which is “significantly lower than expected”.

Regina Doherty 'can't guarantee' pension increases in Budget 2020 because of Brexit
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Regina Doherty 'can't guarantee' pension increases in Budget 2020 because of Brexit

Jul 5th 2019, 11:47 AM 15,607 Views 72 Comments

The Budget for 2020 will be announced in October – weeks before the UK is due to leave the EU.

Over 200,000 people have been through JobPath, but only 11,000 have held down jobs for over a year
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Over 200,000 people have been through JobPath, but only 11,000 have held down jobs for over a year

Feb 20th 2019, 6:01 AM 23,147 Views 37 Comments

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says the government has a legally binding contract with the operators that it must honour.

Committee told man on JobPath scheme had his CV amended against his wishes to conceal his ethnicity
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Committee told man on JobPath scheme had his CV amended against his wishes to conceal his ethnicity

Jan 17th 2019, 12:15 PM 38,699 Views 29 Comments

Private companies operating JobPath get over €3k for every jobseeker that makes it through the scheme

Same-sex couples will be able to use ‘parent’ on birth certificates under new law
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Same-sex couples will be able to use ‘parent’ on birth certificates under new law

Jan 11th 2019, 11:06 AM 18,739 Views 105 Comments

The changes will resolve a number of difficulties in the registration of donor assisted births.

New laws banning zero hour contracts 'in most circumstances' to be in place in March
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New laws banning zero hour contracts 'in most circumstances' to be in place in March

Dec 12th 2018, 10:38 PM 21,566 Views 40 Comments

The minister described it as one of the most significant changes ‘in a generation’.

Illness Benefit payments back to normal levels, says minister
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Illness Benefit payments back to normal levels, says minister

Nov 6th 2018, 6:34 PM 17,919 Views 34 Comments

People began to complain of delays in payments back in August.

'Unacceptable': Minister told Illness Benefit delays means some people have no money to buy food
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'Unacceptable': Minister told Illness Benefit delays means some people have no money to buy food

Oct 18th 2018, 3:06 PM 16,146 Views 24 Comments

Howlin said calls to the Social Protection helpline have been going unanswered.

Efforts being made to resolve illness benefit payment delays, says minister
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Efforts being made to resolve illness benefit payment delays, says minister

Oct 17th 2018, 3:05 PM 15,364 Views 15 Comments

TDs said constituents have been in touch about the delay or cessation of customer payments since the new system kicked in.

Department's decision to monitor social media sparks criticism from advocacy groups
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Department's decision to monitor social media sparks criticism from advocacy groups

Updated Aug 27th 2018, 10:00 PM 27,078 Views 67 Comments

Social media monitoring is one three media monitoring contracts being advertised by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

Minister promises to take 'significant' action in the next Budget to pull thousands of children out of poverty
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Minister promises to take 'significant' action in the next Budget to pull thousands of children out of poverty

Jul 21st 2018, 7:30 AM 16,820 Views 65 Comments

The minister gave a strong indication there will not be a repeat of the €5 increase in social welfare payments in the next Budget.

Government providing €49.5 million for school clothing scheme, up €2.1 million on last year
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Government providing €49.5 million for school clothing scheme, up €2.1 million on last year

Jun 25th 2018, 6:05 AM 6,919 Views 24 Comments

It is paid at a rate of €125 for children aged 4-11 and €250 for children aged 12 years and over.

Some pensioners to begin getting €130 a year phone bill allowance to prevent 'social isolation'
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Some pensioners to begin getting €130 a year phone bill allowance to prevent 'social isolation'

Jun 6th 2018, 6:10 AM 17,777 Views 34 Comments

Minister Regina Doherty said it’s important to stay in contact with family and friends as we get older.

Social Protection Minister rules out means testing child benefit payment
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Social Protection Minister rules out means testing child benefit payment

Jun 5th 2018, 11:55 AM 15,481 Views 153 Comments

Regina Doherty acknowledged that there are issues with the childcare system in Ireland but argued that means testing is cumbersome.

Play golf on paternity leave? You're lucky to have time to breathe
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Play golf on paternity leave? You're lucky to have time to breathe

Apr 7th 2018, 8:15 AM 1,170 Views 20 Comments

The government is reportedly considering making paid paternity leave mandatory for all new fathers.

'They knew I wasn't going to go away' - State in second climbdown as adopted man finally receives PSC eight months later
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'They knew I wasn't going to go away' - State in second climbdown as adopted man finally receives PSC eight months later

Apr 2nd 2018, 12:05 AM 40,298 Views 64 Comments

The man has long maintained that, in being denied a PSC because he refused to get an adoption certificate, he was in effect being discriminated against.

Extra week of fuel allowance to be paid this week to over 368,000 households after cold weather
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Extra week of fuel allowance to be paid this week to over 368,000 households after cold weather

Mar 12th 2018, 9:22 PM 19,405 Views 48 Comments

In total, an extra €22.50 will be paid to over 368,000 households.

Government will offer an extra week of fuel allowance during the cold snap
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Government will offer an extra week of fuel allowance during the cold snap

Feb 28th 2018, 9:52 AM 26,807 Views 64 Comments

The decision means that fuel allowance recipients will now automatically receive €45 for this week instead of the usual €22.50.

You're going to need a PSC to get any kind of driving licence or learner permit from April
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You're going to need a PSC to get any kind of driving licence or learner permit from April

Feb 20th 2018, 10:31 AM 92,025 Views 240 Comments

Driving licence applications will become the latest state process to be added to the Public Services Card’s remit in just under seven weeks.

'We are trying to sound the alarm' - committee hears Public Services Card is a legal ticking time bomb
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'We are trying to sound the alarm' - committee hears Public Services Card is a legal ticking time bomb

Feb 8th 2018, 1:34 PM 61,053 Views 144 Comments

The Public Services Card was discussed for the first time in an Oireachtas forum at the Social Protection committee today.

Almost one in six Irish households is jobless
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Almost one in six Irish households is jobless

Feb 3rd 2018, 6:14 PM 34,665 Views 140 Comments

The rate refers to households where no adult is working.

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