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 Post subject: The Dept of Social Protection thread
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:09 pm 
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We tend to post DSP items randomly so thought it best to have its own thread. To start the ball rolling...


An Post named as Preferred Bidder for Department of Social Protection cash services contract

http://www.welfare.ie/en/pressoffice/Pa ... 60613.aspx

This was never in doubt. No other company had the network to provide such a service. Not sure if anyone else even made a bid


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 Post subject: Re: The Dept of Social Protection thread
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:56 pm 
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An Post named as Preferred Bidder for Department of Social Protection cash services contract

This was never in doubt. No other company had the network to provide such a service. Not sure if anyone else even made a bid


Maybe not companies, but couldn't the Vintners Federation of Ireland have taken a tilt at it?
Except for their recent drop in manpower, the Roman Catholic Church could also have had a go.


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 Post subject: Re: The Dept of Social Protection thread
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:28 pm 
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Col. Max Pyatnitski wrote:
TheJackal wrote:
An Post named as Preferred Bidder for Department of Social Protection cash services contract

This was never in doubt. No other company had the network to provide such a service. Not sure if anyone else even made a bid


Maybe not companies, but couldn't the Vintners Federation of Ireland have taken a tilt at it?
Except for their recent drop in manpower, the Roman Catholic Church could also have had a go.

Think of the carbon footprint savings.


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 Post subject: Re: The Dept of Social Protection thread
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:49 am 
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Jobs plan will reward employers
Government claims new scheme will create 2,500 jobs over next three years

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/jobs-pla ... -1.1457078

JobsPlus no silver bullet but part of bigger strategy
If an employer offers a full-time job to a person who has been on the dole for two years he or she will receive €10,000

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/jobsplus ... -1.1457112


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 Post subject: Re: The Dept of Social Protection thread
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:19 am 
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TheJackal wrote:

This was never in doubt. No other company had the network to provide such a service. Not sure if anyone else even made a bid


I'm all for an post providing this, it serves a dual purpose in keeping smaller post offices open.

However, I wish they'd keep a dedicated queue (like the bureau de change queue in a bank) for people who are, you know, posting stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: The Dept of Social Protection thread
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:22 am 
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TheJackal wrote:
Jobs plan will reward employers
Government claims new scheme will create 2,500 jobs over next three years

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/jobs-pla ... -1.1457078

JobsPlus no silver bullet but part of bigger strategy
If an employer offers a full-time job to a person who has been on the dole for two years he or she will receive €10,000

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/jobsplus ... -1.1457112


Of course, this has its own unintended consequences. Now no employer will give a job to someone who has been on the dole for 18 months. So if you're 18 months on the dole, why bother looking for a job?

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 Post subject: Re: The Dept of Social Protection thread
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Mantissa wrote:
TheJackal wrote:
Jobs plan will reward employers
Government claims new scheme will create 2,500 jobs over next three years

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/jobs-pla ... -1.1457078

JobsPlus no silver bullet but part of bigger strategy
If an employer offers a full-time job to a person who has been on the dole for two years he or she will receive €10,000

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/jobsplus ... -1.1457112


Of course, this has its own unintended consequences. Now no employer will give a job to someone who has been on the dole for 18 months. So if you're 18 months on the dole, why bother looking for a job?


Agreed. Or why taken someone recently unemployed (under 6 months) with the same skills? Of course, they will still be equal opportunity employers...


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 Post subject: Re: The Dept of Social Protection thread
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:29 pm 
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Dept of Social Protection staff, inc. Sec gen, are in front of PAC right now for anyone interested

Committee Room 1

http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/watchlisten/


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 Post subject: Re: The Dept of Social Protection thread
PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 8:49 am 
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Pathways to Work update shows Government on track to get 75,000 long-term unemployed people back to work by end-2015

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The Government is on track to beat the target of helping 75,000 long-term unemployed people back into work by the end of 2015 through the Pathways to Work strategy. More than 46,000 long-term unemployed people have returned to work since the Pathways strategy, overseen by the Department of Social Protection, was introduced in 2012.


http://www.welfare.ie/en/pressoffice/Pa ... 00414.aspx

How do they know this 46,000 cohort of long term unemployed (over 1 year) are now all employed?

Is it a case they are simply out of the welfare system, meaning
a) do those who are now in a work activation scheme such as FÁS count in this 46K figure, and
b) those who emigrated, do they also count?


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 Post subject: Re: The Dept of Social Protection thread
PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:34 am 
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Minister Burton publishes the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2014

Press Release
http://www.welfare.ie/en/pressoffice/Pa ... 00514.aspx

Bill
http://www.welfare.ie/en/downloads/Soci ... l-2014.pdf

I am baffled by

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Separately, the Bill will ensure that, in general, once a family qualifies for Family Income Supplement (FIS), payment of the supplement will continue for 52 weeks regardless of a change in circumstances, such as an increase in weekly earnings. FIS is a weekly tax-free top-up payment for employees on low pay with children. At present, more than 44,000 working families with more than 98,000 children benefit from the scheme. The Department's spend on FIS will increase to more than €280 million this year – a 25% increase since 2012.


So I get a big promotion, etc the day after I apply and can keep my FIS for 12 months!


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 Post subject: Re: The Dept of Social Protection thread
PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:51 am 
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100,000 people have dole cut in overpayment clampdown

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/po ... 23491.html


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 Post subject: Re: The Dept of Social Protection thread
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:47 am 
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An Post to compete for welfare deal worth €57m

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/po ... 48391.html

I really don't get this article. An Post already won the contract last June. It's not due for renewal for at least 1 year, possibly 5.


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 Post subject: Re: The Dept of Social Protection thread
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:05 am 
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Close relative who hs been on the scratcher for a couple of months has been called to a reactivation session tomorrow.


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 Post subject: Re: The Dept of Social Protection thread
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:46 am 
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that is normally the low hanging fruit as they tend to be easier to get back in the workforce IIRC

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 Post subject: Re: The Dept of Social Protection thread
PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 9:06 am 
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http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0619/624906 ... ouseholds/

Nearly 25% of Irish households are 'jobless'

Word of caution: These appear to be 2010 figures, so next to useless


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