Social Welfare

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton, today announced that primary weekly social welfare payment rates would be protected in Budget 2012...

This Government has faced very tough decisions in agreeing the measures contained in this Budget. At the moment, there is a shortfall of €16 billion in the government’s finances. The Department of Social ...

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton today hosted a pre-Budget Forum to give voluntary and community organisations the opportunity to make pre-Budget submissions relating to social...

12th September 2011 Social Protection Minister Joan Burton today announced her fraud initiative...

The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton today (12th September) announced her fraud initiative which aims to achieve fraud control savings of €625 million next year....

Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., today (7th September) drew attention to the sharp increase in people seeking support under the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance Scheme....

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton today outlined savings of almost €345m which has been achieved across the Department’s schemes through fraud and control measures. In the first seven months of the year, Department officials reviewed some...

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD announced today (10th August 2011) that over €198 million is being provided for her Department’s Back to Education Allowance scheme (BTEA) for the 2011/12 academic year...

The Government today approved changes to the Fuel Allowance and Household Benefits schemes that will bring annual savings of €65 million. Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD, said: “While we want to protect...

"Almost 2.2 million people were benefiting from a weekly social welfare payment at the end of 2010. My Department processed over 2 million claims and made over 85.3 million payments last year. Behind these statistics is a wide range of people who are supported by my Department, including families, workers, jobseekers...

 

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