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Council rents could be taken directly from social protection under new plans

People living in social housing could see their rent taken directly from social benefits under new plans. A task force has been set up to consider the move as some local authorities face high levels of rent arrears. There was a mixed reaction to this proposal on the streets of Dublin city. Dublin’s former Lord […]

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Social Justice Ireland proposes a €10 increase in social benefits

Basic social care rates should be increased by €10, demanded Social Justice Ireland. The organization says the government should set basic welfare rates at 27.5% of average weekly earnings over a two-year period. They say it would reduce the cost of living in Ireland and directly help those on fixed incomes and those in low-paying […]

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Welfare: Crowdfunding rules on sites like GoFundMe when applying for benefits

Recipients of social assistance in Ireland must meet strict eligibility criteria to qualify for payments. Additionally, while applying for benefits, they must continue to meet the requirements set by the Department of Social Welfare. This means that people must inform the department if they have a change in their situation or if they no longer […]

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Welfare: Top mistakes that can lead to jail time as gardai carry out checks

Millions of people across the country are currently claiming one form or another of social benefits. The Department of Social Protection is responsible for ensuring that all payments are made to those in need, but this also includes detecting any cases of fraud. Dedicated officers within the Department verify all payments and ensure that assistance […]

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An Post issues update for welfare recipients as some offices close due to Covid-19

An Post has warned that a number of offices may have to close temporarily due to a staff shortage due to Covid-19. Due to the number of workers contracting the coronavirus, a spokesperson said it was causing “temporary strain” on resources. As a result, they expect some regions to experience delivery delays as they face […]

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Welfare benefits increase for thousands of Irish people THIS WEEK as allowances increase for pensioners, job seekers and carers

BUDGET 2022 welfare changes will come into force this week for thousands of Irish people. The Social Protection Budget package includes increases in weekly payments to pensioners, disabled people, carers, single parents and working-age people with additional increases for qualified adults and dependent children. 2 Changes will begin this week for recipients 2 Minister Heather […]

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Social welfare: Number of financial changes that could affect your pocket in 2022

A number of changes announced in Budget 2022 will take effect as the New Year dawns. Those on minimum wage will see some extra money in their pockets, while increases in social benefits and pensions are also on the horizon. Living alone and fuel allowances are also increased, while the parental allowance period has been […]

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Welfare: Christmas opening hours for post office recipients as urgent payment warning issued

Social recipients who receive their payments in post offices are warned of a five-day closure. Post offices across Ireland will close at midday on Christmas Eve and will not reopen until December 30. They will also be closed on January 1, 2 and 3. The Department of Social Protection said payments were made as usual […]

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Welfare: Christmas payments change for post office recipients as five-day shutdown nears

The major annual adjustments to payment dates for social assistance and state pension recipients are taking place mainly this week due to the closure of banks and post offices for five days. Both close from December 25 and will reopen on December 30. Post offices and banks will remain open until lunchtime on Friday 24th […]

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Social protection payment dates for Christmas 2021: everything you need to know before the big schedule changes

The holiday season always sees social recipients affected by major changes in their payment dates. Post offices and banks close for several days over Christmas, which means that many benefits are distributed to claimants earlier than usual. The majority of people receiving weekly or monthly social benefits will be paid within days, even if they […]

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Welfare: Christmas 2021 payment date changes as thousands hit

Christmas Day is just over two weeks away, which means thousands of welfare recipients will see big changes to their payment dates. Opening hours for banks and post offices will be reduced during the holiday season as staff across the country take vacations. This means that people who claim social assistance should see their usual […]

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Welfare: Payment change set to come before Christmas and will affect thousands of people

Anyone in Ireland receiving social benefits this Christmas season will notice a number of changes in payment dates throughout December. Some will be distributed early this year to avoid any disruption caused by festive bank closures to ensure people are not left behind during the Christmas season. Most of the temporary dates are only days […]

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Welfare: Christmas 2021 payment date changes as festive bonus due in days

Thousands of welfare recipients will start receiving their Christmas bonuses from Monday. The annual cash benefit is paid to people who apply for long-term social allowance before the holiday season. The premium is 100% of the normal weekly long-term welfare benefit claimants receive, with a minimum amount of €20. Payout-eligible recipients will receive the bonus […]

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Welfare: The ‘additional’ payments that could bring in thousands of Irish people when the 2021 Christmas bonus comes due

Welfare recipients will start receiving their Christmas bonus payments for 2021 shortly, as the one-time benefit is due in days. The annual cash bonus is granted to persons claiming a long-term social allowance. The bonus is 100% of the normal weekly long-term social allowance claimants receive, the minimum amount being €20. Some 23 payments are […]

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Social protection: expected changes to Christmas 2021 payment dates as a festive bonus due within days

Christmas Day is just over four weeks away, which means preparations are underway for the holiday season. The holiday season sees millions of people on a break from work, including bank and post office workers. This means that welfare recipients should have their usual payment dates affected by these closures. Post offices and banks open […]

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Welfare Ireland: 2021 Christmas bonus will soon be paid but three groups will be absent

Thousands of welfare recipients are expected to receive their Christmas bonus within weeks. The annual cash benefit is paid to people who apply for long-term social allowance before the holiday season. The premium is 100% of the normal weekly long-term welfare benefit claimants receive, with a minimum amount of €20. The government has confirmed that […]

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Social protection in the digital age

With the increasing digitization of our lives, we are witnessing a paradigm shift in the way digital solutions are deployed to deliver social protection programs and create societal impact. Open digital ecosystems (ODEs), or population-scale platforms, are key examples of digitization that have great potential to revolutionize the delivery of social services. ODEs are defined […]

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Basic welfare rates will increase by €5 per week from January

The €5 increase in basic welfare rates ‘may not be as much as some people would like’, but it’s certainly good news for recipients, says protection minister social Heather Humphreys. The increase was criticized by anti-poverty groups such as the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and the European Anti-Poverty Network, who said the changes […]