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#Welfare

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should child benefit be means-tested? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should child benefit be means-tested?

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: Centra’s gaffe isn’t the real problem here – our welfare system is Opinion

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Ulster Bank will pay utility bills for some customers Ulster Bank

Ulster Bank will pay utility bills for some customers

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

From TheJournal.ie Junior minister under fire over 'no work, no benefits' call Welfare

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie Working costs parents up to €400 a week - provisional study Cost Of Work

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Just 10-20 per cent of people better off on dole, says ESRI Benefits

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: The problems with Richard Tol's ESRI working paper Opinion

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

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

From TheJournal.ie 101 prisoners claimed social welfare despite being behind bars this year Prison

101 prisoners claimed social welfare despite being behind bars this year

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

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

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie What is the Public Services Card? ID Card

What is the Public Services Card?

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?

From TheJournal.ie Airport and rent inspectors will be used to combat welfare fraud Fraud

Airport and rent inspectors will be used to combat welfare fraud

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

From TheJournal.ie New standards for protection and welfare of children launched Children

New standards for protection and welfare of children launched

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Our welfare system is wasteful – and a timebomb for our children Opinion

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

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

From TheJournal.ie TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Social welfare One Year In

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: We should be giving jobless people the money we’re wasting Opinion

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

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

From TheJournal.ie The 5 at 5: Thursday Take 5

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

From TheJournal.ie Those on benefits do not have enough for 'basic standard of living' Welfare

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie New welfare 'profiling' to determine when jobless likely to find work Welfare

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Greece classes paedophilia as a 'disability' Greece

Greece classes paedophilia as a 'disability'

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

From TheJournal.ie Infographic of the day: Budget 2012 Budget 2012

Infographic of the day: Budget 2012

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: We had to make difficult cuts in the Budget - but these are extraordinary times Opinion

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie €28,000 yearly welfare payments are not indicative of average families - Department Social Welfare

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Tuesday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things to know by 9am: Four in court over halting site slavery, Amnesty finds human rights abuses on both sides in Libya, and more pressure on Ryan Tubridy…

From TheJournal.ie Joan Burton launches crackdown on 'unfair' welfare fraud Welfare

Joan Burton launches crackdown on 'unfair' welfare fraud

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

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Monday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things you should know this morning…

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Thursday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know this morning…

From TheJournal.ie Welfare recipients encouraged to avail of Back to Education scheme Back To Education

Welfare recipients encouraged to avail of Back to Education scheme

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.

From TheJournal.ie Take 5: Monday Take 5

Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

From TheJournal.ie Enda Kenny announces 'radical' changes to welfare Welfare

Enda Kenny announces 'radical' changes to welfare

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

From TheJournal.ie Joan Burton criticised over welfare 'lifestyle choice' comments Lifestyle Choice This post contains a poll

Joan Burton criticised over welfare 'lifestyle choice' comments

Sinn Féin described the Minister’s comments as “galling” – saying that the government had failed to create jobs for the unemployed.

From TheJournal.ie New rules mean 55 people have dole cut with more to come Social Welfare

New rules mean 55 people have dole cut with more to come

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

From TheJournal.ie Column: Economic growth won't save us - in fact, we'd be better without it Opinion

Column: Economic growth won't save us - in fact, we'd be better without it

The manic pursuit of growth tipped Ireland into economic crisis. It’s time to look elsewhere for inspiration, argues sufficiency expert Anne B Ryan.

From TheJournal.ie Bill to reinstate minimum wage and raise pension age passes Dáil Welfare

Bill to reinstate minimum wage and raise pension age passes Dáil

The age at which a worker is entitled to a State pension will rise to 68 by 2028.

From TheJournal.ie Column: What can you do when you're trapped on a council estate? Opinion

Column: What can you do when you're trapped on a council estate?

Drugs, violence, no sense of community and nowhere to turn – social housing can be a heartbreaking place for a mother bringing up kids, writes Lisa McInerney.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Saturday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: France not bending on Ireland’s corporation tax; Department of Finance concerned about “generous” redundancy packages proposed by AIB; and a ‘commission on welfare’ to be set up.

From TheJournal.ie Dole claimants who refuse offers of work will have payments cut Welfare

Dole claimants who refuse offers of work will have payments cut

The minister for social protection Joan Burton has said that she wants to get people back to work and off the cash-in-hand black market.

From TheJournal.ie O'Keeffe says he 'won't wear the Budget if there are cuts' Ned O'Keeffe

O'Keeffe says he 'won't wear the Budget if there are cuts'

Ned O’Keeffe says he could withdraw support for government, and that he and other TDs “won’t wear the Budget if there are cuts” in welfare payments.