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#Social Protection

# social-protection - Wednesday 20 February, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Over 200,000 people have been through JobPath, but only 11,000 have held down jobs for over a year Jobseekers

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

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

# social-protection - Thursday 17 January, 2019

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

# social-protection - Friday 11 January, 2019

From TheJournal.ie Same-sex couples will be able to use ‘parent’ on birth certificates under new law Parenting

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

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

# social-protection - Wednesday 12 December, 2018

From TheJournal.ie New laws banning zero hour contracts 'in most circumstances' to be in place in March Insecure Work

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

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

# social-protection - Tuesday 6 November, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Illness Benefit payments back to normal levels, says minister Illness Benefit

Illness Benefit payments back to normal levels, says minister

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

# social-protection - Thursday 18 October, 2018

From TheJournal.ie 'Unacceptable': Minister told Illness Benefit delays means some people have no money to buy food Social Protection

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

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

# social-protection - Wednesday 17 October, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Efforts being made to resolve illness benefit payment delays, says minister Social Protection

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

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

# social-protection - Monday 27 August, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Department's decision to monitor social media sparks criticism from advocacy groups Chilling Effect

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

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

# social-protection - Saturday 21 July, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Minister promises to take 'significant' action in the next Budget to pull thousands of children out of poverty Budget 2019

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

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

# social-protection - Monday 25 June, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Government providing €49.5 million for school clothing scheme, up €2.1 million on last year Social Protection

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

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

# social-protection - Wednesday 6 June, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Some pensioners to begin getting €130 a year phone bill allowance to prevent 'social isolation' Telephone Allowance

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

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

# social-protection - Tuesday 5 June, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Social Protection Minister rules out means testing child benefit payment Childcare Costs

Social Protection Minister rules out means testing child benefit payment

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

# social-protection - Saturday 7 April, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Play golf on paternity leave? You're lucky to have time to breathe Mandatory And Compulsory

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

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

# social-protection - Monday 2 April, 2018

From TheJournal.ie 'They knew I wasn't going to go away' - State in second climbdown as adopted man finally receives PSC eight months later Battle Of Wills

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

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.

# social-protection - Monday 12 March, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Extra week of fuel allowance to be paid this week to over 368,000 households after cold weather Beast From The East

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

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

# social-protection - Wednesday 28 February, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Government will offer an extra week of fuel allowance during the cold snap Stay Warm

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

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

# social-protection - Tuesday 20 February, 2018

From TheJournal.ie You're going to need a PSC to get any kind of driving licence or learner permit from April Feature Creep

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

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

# social-protection - Thursday 8 February, 2018

From TheJournal.ie 'We are trying to sound the alarm' - committee hears Public Services Card is a legal ticking time bomb Grave Concerns

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

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

# social-protection - Saturday 3 February, 2018

From TheJournal.ie Almost one in six Irish households is jobless Poverty Line

Almost one in six Irish households is jobless

The rate refers to households where no adult is working.

# social-protection - Sunday 21 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie "It is the worst form of humiliation" - Woman denied Public Services Card due to adopted status PSC

"It is the worst form of humiliation" - Woman denied Public Services Card due to adopted status

“I just burst out crying,” the 50-year-old woman says. “I really think this is the highest form of discrimination.”

# social-protection - Friday 5 January, 2018

From TheJournal.ie 3,000 delayed fuel allowance payments to be received next week Technical Glitch

3,000 delayed fuel allowance payments to be received next week

The technical glitch that caused the issue has been resolved.

# social-protection - Tuesday 26 December, 2017

From TheJournal.ie County breakdown: Government paid out over €4 million to help cover costs of funerals Social Protection

County breakdown: Government paid out over €4 million to help cover costs of funerals

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

# social-protection - Thursday 7 December, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Department of Social Protection admits wording of welfare cheats campaign was a mistake Mistake

Department of Social Protection admits wording of welfare cheats campaign was a mistake

The Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All campaign was launched by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in April of this year.

# social-protection - Monday 4 December, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Pensioner says she fears she'll be homeless at Christmas after social welfare payments suspended High Court

Pensioner says she fears she'll be homeless at Christmas after social welfare payments suspended

She was told she was being investigated by the Department of Social Protection and the payments were being suspended.

# social-protection - Wednesday 18 October, 2017

From TheJournal.ie 'I found myself shouting at the radio': War of words between Doherty and O'Dea on pension motion Fighting Words

'I found myself shouting at the radio': War of words between Doherty and O'Dea on pension motion

The Government looks set to lose a vote in the Dáil.

# social-protection - Saturday 7 October, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Bring JobPath fraud claims to me and I'll investigate, says minister Jobseekers

Bring JobPath fraud claims to me and I'll investigate, says minister

Catherine MurphyTD has raised serious concerns in the Dáil regarding the activation programme, JobPath.

# social-protection - Wednesday 4 October, 2017

From TheJournal.ie FactFind: How does Ireland's jobseeker's benefit compare to the rest of the EU? Factfind

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

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

# social-protection - Friday 29 September, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Six people were wrongly paid over €200,000 in social welfare Overpayments

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

The six cases have all been reported to gardaí.

# social-protection - Sunday 3 September, 2017

From TheJournal.ie It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC? Wherefore Art Thou

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

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?

# social-protection - Sunday 27 August, 2017

From TheJournal.ie State pension bump of €5 being considered ahead of Budget 2018 Social Protection

State pension bump of €5 being considered ahead of Budget 2018

An across-the-board increase is reportedly being considered.

# social-protection - Friday 21 July, 2017

From TheJournal.ie People can now get the fuel allowance in two lump sums (rather than every week) This Is New

People can now get the fuel allowance in two lump sums (rather than every week)

The news was welcomed by a number of parties.

# social-protection - Saturday 15 July, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Pretty soon you're going to need this card to do a whole load of important things in Ireland - but why? Big Brother

Pretty soon you're going to need this card to do a whole load of important things in Ireland - but why?

Applying for a passport and a driver’s licence will soon require the Public Services Card – but that’s only the beginning.

# social-protection - Monday 3 July, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Parents urged to apply for increased Back to School Clothing allowance Helping Hand

Parents urged to apply for increased Back to School Clothing allowance

The department is launching an awareness campaign well ahead of the 30 September deadline.

# social-protection - Saturday 24 June, 2017

From TheJournal.ie An extra 1,500 social welfare fraud cases have been reported since start of 'Cheats' campaign On The Rise

An extra 1,500 social welfare fraud cases have been reported since start of 'Cheats' campaign

There have been 4,859 reports received by the department since 18 April, compared to 3,322 in the same period last year.

# social-protection - Sunday 18 June, 2017

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Did the government really save €500 million due to reported welfare fraud last year? Factcheck

# social-protection - Wednesday 14 June, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Good news for parents: Back to school allowance is going up by 25% Social Protection

Good news for parents: Back to school allowance is going up by 25%

Meanwhile, the weekly payments for those in Direct Provision are also set to be increased.

# social-protection - Friday 2 June, 2017

From TheJournal.ie From poisoned chalice to top of the table, is Leo Varadkar now destined to be Taoiseach? Profile This post contains videos

From poisoned chalice to top of the table, is Leo Varadkar now destined to be Taoiseach?

The Social Protection Minister could succeed Enda Kenny as leader of Fine Gael … and the country.

# social-protection - Wednesday 31 May, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Leo's department said there was only one identity fraud case this year but there's actually been 11 Carry The One

Leo's department said there was only one identity fraud case this year but there's actually been 11

Sinn Féin has called on the government to end this “dishonest welfare fraud campaign”.

# social-protection - Sunday 7 May, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Government criticised over huge number of disabilities payments denied, only to be allowed upon appeal Social Protection

Government criticised over huge number of disabilities payments denied, only to be allowed upon appeal

Last year 58% of applications for disability allowance were allowed after they were appealed.

# social-protection - Friday 5 May, 2017

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Would you report someone you suspected of welfare fraud? Social Protection This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you report someone you suspected of welfare fraud?

The ‘Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All’ campaign is designed to encourage reporting of suspected or known social welfare fraud.

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