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From TheJournal.ie Freezing of cryptocurrency used by criminals results in jump in CAB proceeds Criminal Assets

Freezing of cryptocurrency used by criminals results in jump in CAB proceeds

The jump in frozen assets is due in the main to the granting of a freezing order over cryptocurrency to the value of €53 million.

From TheJournal.ie More than four years’ worth of welfare claims processed in a few weeks, Oireachtas committee hears Social Welfare

More than four years’ worth of welfare claims processed in a few weeks, Oireachtas committee hears

Department of Social Protection staff processed more than 1.2 million claims in a few weeks.

From TheJournal.ie Domestic violence victims given access to Rent Supplement without a means test Social Welfare

Domestic violence victims given access to Rent Supplement without a means test

The government announced the changes to the eligibility for the payment today.

From TheJournal.ie Rent Supplement payments rise by 33% since beginning of Covid-19 pandemic Social Welfare

Rent Supplement payments rise by 33% since beginning of Covid-19 pandemic

The number of households on the payment has risen by 5,136 since mid-March.

From TheJournal.ie Number receiving Covid-19 unemployment payment drops again with 64,000 now back to work Social Welfare

Number receiving Covid-19 unemployment payment drops again with 64,000 now back to work

€190.2 million worth of payments were issued to 543,200 people today.

From TheJournal.ie Numbers on Rent Supplement payment up 20% since beginning of Covid-19 pandemic Social Welfare

Numbers on Rent Supplement payment up 20% since beginning of Covid-19 pandemic

Housing groups have warned that Ireland could see a rise in evictions as a result of the crisis.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's a perfect storm': Sharp rise in Rent Supplement payments raises concerns over post-Covid crisis The Other Crisis

'It's a perfect storm': Sharp rise in Rent Supplement payments raises concerns over post-Covid crisis

There has been a 15% increase in the number of people receiving Rent Supplement since Covid-19 restrictions began.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar: 'Extending pandemic payment and wage subsidy scheme may be needed if restrictions stay in place' Social Welfare

Varadkar: 'Extending pandemic payment and wage subsidy scheme may be needed if restrictions stay in place'

Varadkar also said no decision has been made on whether or not to extend the payment.

From TheJournal.ie Department 'inadvertently' emailed 1,700 people telling them their Covid-19 payment was to be stopped Covid19 Unemployment

Department 'inadvertently' emailed 1,700 people telling them their Covid-19 payment was to be stopped

The department said it has now emailed all individuals affected to advise them of the error and reassure them their payment will continue.

From TheJournal.ie 19,000 people close pandemic payment due to claiming it 'in error' Wages

19,000 people close pandemic payment due to claiming it 'in error'

The government says the temporary wage subsidy scheme is not being taxed at the time at which you receive it.

From TheJournal.ie Thousands to receive €350 Covid Unemployment Payment today Social Welfare

Thousands to receive €350 Covid Unemployment Payment today

The payment has led to almost 390,000 applications to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

From TheJournal.ie Public transport services to be reduced from next week Coronavirus

Public transport services to be reduced from next week

Visits to prisons will end from tomorrow, the government has also announced.

From TheJournal.ie Most new Covid-19 unemployment benefit claims to be paid by next week Social Welfare

Most new Covid-19 unemployment benefit claims to be paid by next week

The first coronavirus-related payments were made earlier this week.

From TheJournal.ie Emergency Covid-19 legislation passes all stages in the Dáil Coronavirus

Emergency Covid-19 legislation passes all stages in the Dáil

The government included a sunset clause for the legislation to be review in November after concerns were raised by TDs.

From TheJournal.ie Cabinet approves emergency Covid-19 legislation ahead of Thursday's Dáil sitting Coronavirus

Cabinet approves emergency Covid-19 legislation ahead of Thursday's Dáil sitting

Leo Varadkar and President Michael D Higgins met this afternoon to discuss the State’s efforts to combat the coronavirus.

From TheJournal.ie Man who fraudulently claimed over €225,000 in social welfare admits to falsely claiming a further €18,000 Jail

Man who fraudulently claimed over €225,000 in social welfare admits to falsely claiming a further €18,000

Leendert Stolk fraudulently used a school stamp while claiming child benefit for his two children between 2011 and 2018, a court heard today.

From TheJournal.ie New measures to see increases in some social welfare payments from this week Money Money Money

New measures to see increases in some social welfare payments from this week

Pensioners and people with disabilities who are living alone are the main cohort of social welfare recipients to benefit.

From TheJournal.ie Christmas bonus will be paid out to 1.2 million social welfare recipients at start of December Festive Cheer

Christmas bonus will be paid out to 1.2 million social welfare recipients at start of December

The cost of the Christmas bonus this year will be €279.4 million.

From TheJournal.ie Here's what Budget 2020 means for people receiving social welfare payments Budget 2020

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

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

From TheJournal.ie 750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud Welfare Fraud

750,000 social welfare claims to be reviewed as part of Government clampdown on fraud

The Department aims to save €530 million by tackling fraud over the next four years.

From TheJournal.ie Data Protection Commission to seek enforcement action over government's refusal to comply with PSC findings Public Services Card

Data Protection Commission to seek enforcement action over government's refusal to comply with PSC findings

The government is challenging the findings of a landmark report into the legality of the card.

From TheJournal.ie Dutch man who falsely claimed €200k in social welfare while outside Ireland is jailed for four years Courts

Dutch man who falsely claimed €200k in social welfare while outside Ireland is jailed for four years

Letters sent to his house in the Dublin 15 were redirected to his address outside the country.

From TheJournal.ie New social welfare scheme promises 'breathing space' for unemployed artists Draw The Dole

New social welfare scheme promises 'breathing space' for unemployed artists

Unemployed artists will be able to receive jobseekers allowance while also focusing on their own work for 12 months.

From TheJournal.ie Regina Doherty 'can't guarantee' pension increases in Budget 2020 because of Brexit Social Welfare

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Will there be a 2020 Christmas bonus? No decision's been made yet Social Welfare

Will there be a 2020 Christmas bonus? No decision's been made yet

Pearse Doherty said Christmas comes every year, yet the bonus hasn’t been factored into spending.

From TheJournal.ie Government to go ahead with plans for self-employed to access jobseeker's payments Self-employed

Government to go ahead with plans for self-employed to access jobseeker's payments

Self-employed people will be able to access €203 a week if they’re out of work.

From TheJournal.ie ESRI warns that carbon taxes 'often regressive in nature' Climate Change

ESRI warns that carbon taxes 'often regressive in nature'

The government is looking at two models to increase carbon tax and offset the cost to householders.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's about a culture change': New welfare payment which could benefit up to 60,000 parents announced Parental Leave

'It's about a culture change': New welfare payment which could benefit up to 60,000 parents announced

Details of the Parental Leave scheme were announced this morning.

From TheJournal.ie 'I felt so humiliated, I burst into tears': Woman questions why she was asked for adoption cert when applying for PSC Public Services Card

'I felt so humiliated, I burst into tears': Woman questions why she was asked for adoption cert when applying for PSC

The woman’s adopted status is not well known and she was unaware she would have to discuss the topic in public.

From TheJournal.ie Committee told man on JobPath scheme had his CV amended against his wishes to conceal his ethnicity Social Welfare

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Government says it's owed €475 million in social welfare overpayments Debt

Government says it's owed €475 million in social welfare overpayments

Minister Regina Doherty said a number of measures are taken to try to recover the monies owed.

From TheJournal.ie Private companies getting €3,718 for every jobseeker that makes it through the State's Jobpath scheme Unemployment

Private companies getting €3,718 for every jobseeker that makes it through the State's Jobpath scheme

How much the companies got paid per person has been shrouded in secrecy since the roll out of the programme.

From TheJournal.ie Over 300 cases of social welfare fraud reported to gardaí last year Employment

Over 300 cases of social welfare fraud reported to gardaí last year

Social welfare fraud totalled €38.4 million in 2017, down from €41 million in 2016.

From TheJournal.ie State has covered the cost of 5,000 funerals and burials over two years Exceptional Needs

State has covered the cost of 5,000 funerals and burials over two years

Exceptional needs payments can be made under the supplementary welfare allowance scheme.

From TheJournal.ie Here's what Budget 2019 means for people receiving social welfare payments Social Welfare

Here's what Budget 2019 means for people receiving social welfare payments

The Christmas bonus will be fully restored for the first time since the economic downturn.

From TheJournal.ie Welfare increase, fuel hike and income tax cuts: Here's what's coming in Budget 2019 Budget

Welfare increase, fuel hike and income tax cuts: Here's what's coming in Budget 2019

Petrol, diesel, fuel and cigarettes are all set to rise.

From TheJournal.ie Sinn Féin proposes €400 second-home tax, 5% high-earner levy and pension hike Budget 2019

Sinn Féin proposes €400 second-home tax, 5% high-earner levy and pension hike

The party’s alternative budget proposes a €1 billion boost for social housing.

From TheJournal.ie Over 11,000 jobseekers forced to do exact same programme twice Social Welfare

Over 11,000 jobseekers forced to do exact same programme twice

Concerns have been raised about the repeat fees being paid to the companies operating the Jobpath programme.

From TheJournal.ie 'A cheap headline': Minister has no intention of scrapping welfare Christmas bonus Budget 2019

'A cheap headline': Minister has no intention of scrapping welfare Christmas bonus

She said people on welfare payments were needlessly worried by news reports this morning.

From TheJournal.ie Overhauling a dole system that 'discourages' jobseekers could help plug Ireland's skills gaps Social Welfare

Overhauling a dole system that 'discourages' jobseekers could help plug Ireland's skills gaps

The National Recruitment Federation also noted the cost of childcare is keeping people out of work.

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