Issue 3 - May 2010

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Social welfare fraud

The Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Eamon O Cuiv, gave Dan Neville (FG, Limerick W) some fresh details on the level of social welfare fraud (Dail Eireann, Debates, 20th April 2010, 505-6, 507-8).  The minister told him that 620 staff were assigned to tackle fraud and abuse, leading to savings of €484m in 2009 and targeted savings of €533m in 2010.  The level of fraud on most schemes was very low: 0% for pensioners, 0.1% for illness benefit, 0.8% for Family Income Supplement; and 1.8% for Child Benefit.  Schemes such as Job Seeker Allowance, One Parent Family Benefit, Disability Allowance and non-Irish Child Benefit claimants had higher levels of fraud.  The Department had established a Centralized Special Investigation Unit in February 2010.  The first Public Service Cards, with photograph and signature, were expected to issue in the second half of 2010.

Other news references

  • State initiatives against educational disadvantage: Dail Eireann, Debates, 6th May 2010, 343-4
  • Implementing bodies for Rural Social Scheme: Dail Eireann, Debates, 6th May 2010, 387-8; new projects this year: Dail Eireann, Debates, 29th April 2010, 1019-1020
  • List of cabinet subcommittees and ministerial members: Dail Eireann, Debates 28th April 2010, 617-619 (incl. social inclusion, children and integration)
  • Situation in the Red Cross: Dail Eireann, Debates, 21st April 2010, 59-62
  • Head shops: Dail Eireann, Debates, 31st March 2010, 129-131, 171-2; 1st April 2010, 263-7, 300-1
  • Time to process social welfare appeals: Dail Eireann, Debates, 20th April 2010, 509-510
  • Door to door collectors masquerading as charities: Dail Eireann, Debates, 20th April 2010, 727-8
  • Ongoing review of RAPID boundaries: Dail Eireann, Debates, 20th April 2010, 733
  • Compliance of Habitual Residence Condition with European law: Dail Eireann, Debates, 20th April 2010, 745-6
  • Carers’ strategy: Dail Eireann, Debates, 20th April 2010, 506
  • Waiting times for Job Seeker’s Allowance and Benefit: Dail Eireann, Debates, 20th April 2010, 482-9, 521-536
  • Uptake of Family Income Supplement: Dail Eireann, Debates, 20th April 2010, 406-9