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New figures on foreign nationals 'debunk migrant welfare myth'
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New figures on foreign nationals 'debunk migrant welfare myth'

Mar 1st 2013, 3:41 PM 14,739 Views 78 Comments

The CSO report said that the decline in employment activity for foreign nationals has not resulted in a corresponding increase in social welfare activity.

Economic crisis has underlined the 'critical importance' of the welfare state - Burton
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Economic crisis has underlined the 'critical importance' of the welfare state - Burton

Feb 5th 2013, 6:00 AM 5,118 Views 96 Comments

The Minister for Social Protection said that without welfare payment, “millions of families across the EU would literally be left with nothing”.

ESRI: One in five people are living in jobless households
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ESRI: One in five people are living in jobless households

Dec 11th 2012, 10:48 AM 4,138 Views 54 Comments

The percentage of households where adults are not working has grown from 15 per cent to 22 per cent in just three years.

Families told to wait up to 10 months for welfare payment
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Families told to wait up to 10 months for welfare payment

Nov 21st 2012, 6:45 AM 15,045 Views 58 Comments

A father-of-three from Carlow shares his story with TheJournal.ie.

Oireachtas committee considers access to welfare for self-employed
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Oireachtas committee considers access to welfare for self-employed

Oct 3rd 2012, 1:19 PM 5,900 Views 38 Comments

The committee heard from the Self Employed Alliance Dundalk who said there has been “unjust, unwarranted discrimination” against self-employed people.

Report recommends child benefit be cut to about €100 per month
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Report recommends child benefit be cut to about €100 per month

Oct 1st 2012, 7:34 AM 11,109 Views 87 Comments

A so-called “two tier” child benefit system, recommended by an advisory group to the Social Protection Minister, would see child benefit payments cut to about €100 per month.

Burton: No plans to change disability allowance eligibility
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Burton: No plans to change disability allowance eligibility

Aug 7th 2012, 8:33 PM 5,139 Views 47 Comments

The Minister noted a surge in applications for disability allowance, but denied any changes in criteria or conditions.

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

Jul 27th 2012, 7:00 AM 61 Views 82 Comments

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

2.2 million received weekly social welfare payment last year - report
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2.2 million received weekly social welfare payment last year - report

Jul 20th 2012, 6:24 PM 6,646 Views 70 Comments

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

Poll: Should child benefit be means-tested?
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Poll: Should child benefit be means-tested?

Jul 19th 2012, 10:17 AM 10,476 Views 169 Comments

The IMF has suggested that the universal payment could be means-tested to save money. What do you think?

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

Jul 7th 2012, 8:00 AM 91 Views 166 Comments

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

Ulster Bank will pay utility bills for some customers
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Ulster Bank will pay utility bills for some customers

Jul 2nd 2012, 7:36 AM 7,460 Views 30 Comments

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

Junior minister under fire over 'no work, no benefits' call
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Junior minister under fire over 'no work, no benefits' call

Jun 17th 2012, 3:31 PM 6,500 Views 42 Comments

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

Jun 17th 2012, 1:26 PM 5,298 Views 26 Comments

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

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

Jun 16th 2012, 10:04 AM 4,772 Views 64 Comments

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

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

Jun 13th 2012, 12:30 PM 38 Views 22 Comments

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

101 prisoners claimed social welfare despite being behind bars this year
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101 prisoners claimed social welfare despite being behind bars this year

Jun 10th 2012, 9:30 AM 6,803 Views 38 Comments

The Department of Social Protection has been cracking down on the number of prisoners who claim social welfare benefits while in jail.

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

May 28th 2012, 7:15 AM 974 Views 111 Comments

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.

What is the Public Services Card?
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What is the Public Services Card?

May 9th 2012, 6:45 AM 44,758 Views 72 Comments

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?

Airport and rent inspectors will be used to combat welfare fraud
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Airport and rent inspectors will be used to combat welfare fraud

Apr 5th 2012, 2:07 PM 11,921 Views 107 Comments

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

New standards for protection and welfare of children launched
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New standards for protection and welfare of children launched

Mar 22nd 2012, 3:48 PM 1,627 Views 0 Comments

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.

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

Mar 14th 2012, 7:30 AM 364 Views 57 Comments

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

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Social welfare
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TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Social welfare

Mar 9th 2012, 2:00 AM 892 Views 3 Comments

Has Joan Burton kept the government’s promises of reversing cuts while keeping all baseline social welfare rates unchanged?

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

Feb 21st 2012, 7:30 AM 21 Views 50 Comments

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

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

Feb 6th 2012, 8:31 AM 5,020 Views 135 Comments

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.

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

Jan 24th 2012, 7:47 PM 5,496 Views 83 Comments

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

Greece classes paedophilia as a 'disability'
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Greece classes paedophilia as a 'disability'

Jan 10th 2012, 7:39 PM 41,301 Views 60 Comments

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

Infographic of the day: Budget 2012
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Infographic of the day: Budget 2012

Dec 7th 2011, 12:13 PM 4,070 Views 6 Comments

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

Column: We had to make difficult cuts in the Budget - but these are extraordinary times
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Column: We had to make difficult cuts in the Budget - but these are extraordinary times

Dec 6th 2011, 7:30 AM 10 Views 101 Comments

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.

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

Oct 2nd 2011, 3:27 PM 1,279 Views 42 Comments

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.

Joan Burton launches crackdown on 'unfair' welfare fraud
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Joan Burton launches crackdown on 'unfair' welfare fraud

Sep 13th 2011, 7:36 AM 1,845 Views 26 Comments

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

Welfare recipients encouraged to avail of Back to Education scheme
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Welfare recipients encouraged to avail of Back to Education scheme

Aug 10th 2011, 4:58 PM 995 Views 16 Comments

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.

Enda Kenny announces 'radical' changes to welfare
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Enda Kenny announces 'radical' changes to welfare

Jul 25th 2011, 8:56 AM 3,764 Views 110 Comments

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

Joan Burton criticised over welfare 'lifestyle choice' comments
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Joan Burton criticised over welfare 'lifestyle choice' comments

Jul 18th 2011, 2:14 PM 6,216 Views 140 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
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New rules mean 55 people have dole cut with more to come

Jul 18th 2011, 11:25 AM 2,126 Views 49 Comments

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