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

Nov 21st 2019, 12:17 PM 68,852 Views 169 Comments

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

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 89,843 Views 87 Comments

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

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

Sep 16th 2019, 6:25 PM 109,749 Views 196 Comments

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

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

Sep 5th 2019, 7:14 PM 26,337 Views 33 Comments

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

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

Jul 26th 2019, 4:48 PM 43,970 Views 65 Comments

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

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

Jul 5th 2019, 9:35 PM 27,022 Views 81 Comments

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

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 15,610 Views 72 Comments

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

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

Jul 3rd 2019, 3:10 PM 21,017 Views 85 Comments

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

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

Jun 28th 2019, 4:16 PM 17,375 Views 44 Comments

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

ESRI warns that carbon taxes 'often regressive in nature'
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ESRI warns that carbon taxes 'often regressive in nature'

Jun 17th 2019, 6:15 AM 11,426 Views 59 Comments

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

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

Apr 23rd 2019, 9:12 AM 53,413 Views 59 Comments

Details of the Parental Leave scheme were announced this morning.

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

Feb 17th 2019, 8:30 PM 67,163 Views 15 Comments

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

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 38,814 Views 29 Comments

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

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

Dec 29th 2018, 8:00 AM 26,396 Views 63 Comments

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

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

Nov 30th 2018, 12:24 AM 60,602 Views 99 Comments

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

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

Nov 22nd 2018, 10:48 PM 34,553 Views 65 Comments

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

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

Nov 4th 2018, 12:05 AM 60,386 Views 41 Comments

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

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

Oct 9th 2018, 2:02 PM 52,179 Views 53 Comments

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

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

Oct 7th 2018, 6:05 AM 79,749 Views 142 Comments

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

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

Oct 1st 2018, 6:05 AM 57,634 Views 168 Comments

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

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

Updated Sep 28th 2018, 1:00 PM 67,641 Views 112 Comments

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

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

Sep 25th 2018, 2:29 PM 32,009 Views 72 Comments

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

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

Aug 30th 2018, 5:53 PM 632 Views 0 Comments

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

GPs accuse Dept of 'using vulnerable patients as fodder' in row over illness benefit forms
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GPs accuse Dept of 'using vulnerable patients as fodder' in row over illness benefit forms

Aug 28th 2018, 6:14 PM 13,554 Views 17 Comments

The Department of Social Protection has accused GPs of delaying the payouts of illness benefits.

People are waiting weeks for illness benefits due to an issue between GPs and Department
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People are waiting weeks for illness benefits due to an issue between GPs and Department

Aug 28th 2018, 6:01 AM 30,064 Views 11 Comments

Many people have said that neither their GP or the Department informed them of the changeover in the forms required when claiming their benefit.

Over 1,000 inspections carried out by Welfare to detect 'bogus self employment'
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Over 1,000 inspections carried out by Welfare to detect 'bogus self employment'

Aug 4th 2018, 6:30 AM 40,030 Views 19 Comments

More inspections are to be carried out in the near future.

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 19,412 Views 48 Comments

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

Welfare payments due on Friday will now be paid tomorrow
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Welfare payments due on Friday will now be paid tomorrow

Feb 28th 2018, 9:53 PM 23,871 Views 34 Comments

The fuel allowance payment was also doubled for this week.

Mother-of-four who stole €100,000 in fraudulent social welfare payments sentenced to 10 months
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Mother-of-four who stole €100,000 in fraudulent social welfare payments sentenced to 10 months

Jan 25th 2018, 4:32 PM 31,828 Views 113 Comments

The 61-year-old told gardaí she was “sorry, ashamed and embarrassed”.

Nearly 3,000 fuel allowance payments delayed after technical glitch
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Nearly 3,000 fuel allowance payments delayed after technical glitch

Jan 4th 2018, 7:50 AM 10,394 Views 7 Comments

The Department of Social Protection said it was investigating the matter.

Christmas bonus to be paid to more than 1.2 million social welfare recipients this week
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Christmas bonus to be paid to more than 1.2 million social welfare recipients this week

Nov 27th 2017, 8:03 AM 52,705 Views 188 Comments

Abolished in 2009, the Christmas bonus was partially restored by the then Tánaiste Joan Burton in 2014 and has increased to the current 85%.

Election or no election, the Christmas bonus will still be paid next week
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Election or no election, the Christmas bonus will still be paid next week

Nov 24th 2017, 12:12 PM 30,433 Views 92 Comments

But the Social Protection minister says that other changes to social welfare payments are “in limbo”.

The Christmas bonus will be given at the start of December
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The Christmas bonus will be given at the start of December

Oct 10th 2017, 7:48 PM 67,370 Views 86 Comments

The cost of the Christmas bonus is €219 million.

Man who stole €76,000 in welfare payments while running a successful courier business avoids jail
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Man who stole €76,000 in welfare payments while running a successful courier business avoids jail

Oct 10th 2017, 7:11 PM 40,758 Views 41 Comments

46-year-old Richard Burbridge committed the offences while operating a courier contract for the Courts Service.

Have kids? Here's what Budget 2018 means for parents
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Have kids? Here's what Budget 2018 means for parents

Oct 10th 2017, 3:39 PM 82,771 Views 32 Comments

An increase to some child benefits, investment in the State’s free childcare scheme and more teachers are among the changes.

All weekly social welfare payments to increase by a fiver from March
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All weekly social welfare payments to increase by a fiver from March

Oct 10th 2017, 2:20 PM 30,227 Views 132 Comments

A Christmas bonus of 85% will be paid to social welfare recipients this year.

FactFind: How does Ireland's jobseeker's benefit compare to the rest of the EU?
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FactFind: How does Ireland's jobseeker's benefit compare to the rest of the EU?

Oct 4th 2017, 10:00 PM 60,222 Views 118 Comments

One of the Budget talking points will be how our social welfare benefits compare to our EU counterparts.

Six people were wrongly paid over €200,000 in social welfare
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Six people were wrongly paid over €200,000 in social welfare

Sep 29th 2017, 7:42 PM 39,605 Views 106 Comments

The six cases have all been reported to gardaí.

Man with intellectual disabilities loses control of income after spending money on dating sites
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Man with intellectual disabilities loses control of income after spending money on dating sites

Sep 5th 2017, 6:10 AM 25,417 Views 22 Comments

The man’s food and rent bills have fallen into arrears by almost €2,000.

It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC?
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It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC?

Sep 3rd 2017, 9:00 PM 21,443 Views 100 Comments

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe is as culpable as anyone when it comes to the furore surrounding the Public Services Card. So why is he keeping such a low profile?