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Nash establishes Low Pay Commission

Posted on December 15, 2014

Minister Gerald Nash

People from worker and employer backgrounds are being asked to apply for membership of the new Low-Paid Commission established by Minister Gerald Nash. It has been set up to advise the Government on the appropriate rate of the National Minimum Wage on an annual basis.

Minister Nash said: "The setting up of the Low Pay Commission represents the delivery of an important Government commitment and continues the dignity of work agenda I am pursuing in my portfolio. Work should always pay. But I am also conscious of the need to balance a basic statutory minimum pay rate that is fair, with one that is sustainable and which allows employers to continue to create quality jobs."

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1,168,582 children to benefit from Children's Benefit rise

Posted on December 05, 2014

Some 611,366 families around the country will receive a €5 monthly increase in their Child Benefit in January. The €5 rise will be paid for 1,168,582 children and is one example of how everyone is beginning to share in the economic recovery Labour is delivering.

This has been possible by the recent positive economic figures and the Government is commited to increasing the rate for a further €5 for each child in 2016, provided that circumstances allow.

Our aim is to ensure people feel the economic recovery in their everyday lives and the Child Benefit increase is an example of how Labour is working to make that happen.

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Restoring Christmas Bonus show recovery will be felt by all

Posted on December 01, 2014

The Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Kevin Humphreys

1.23 million people on social welfare will receive a Christmas bonus this week following the partial restoration of the bonus, which was abolished by the previous Government in 2009.

Speaking about the restoration of the bonus the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said the partial restoration of the bonus, along with the other welfare measures announced in Budget 2015 are “real indicators of the economic recovery and the Government’s ambition to ensure it will be a recovery felt by all”.

The Tánaiste also said Budget 2015 was the first budget where the Government has had the scope to make “real positive progress for welfare recipients”.

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€3.8b Social Housing Package launched

Posted on November 26, 2014

Minister Alan Kelly

Over the next six years 35,000 additional social housing units will be made available as part of a €3.8billion social housing package announced today by Minister Alan Kelly.

Speaking at the launch Minister Kelly said the six-year €3.8b programme sets out to fully meet the Government’s ambitious goals for housing.

“It makes a fresh start for social housing in Ireland. One of the main priorities for this Government is to address the challenge of providing social housing for the people of this country; this strategy sets out how we will achieve this priority.”

The Social Housing Social Strategy 2020 includes:

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Budget 2015 - Getting people back to work with the Back to Work Family Dividend

Posted on November 20, 2014

Getting Back 2 Work

Job creation strategy continues to be a priority for the Government and one of the measures contained in Budget 2015, the Back to Work Family Dividend, is being introduced to help support unemployed jobseekers with children who want to return to work.

[Find out more about the Back to Work Dividend from our newly launched Getting Back 2 Work website]

The Back to Work Family Dividend allows the person taking up a job to retain the child-related portion of their social welfare payment on a tapered basis over two years. This includes those who move to self-employment, such as back into the construction sector, and those on the One Parent Family Payment.

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This is a significant moment for the country - Minister Alan Kelly

Posted on November 19, 2014

Today Minister Alan Kelly announced the details of the new water package saying ‘we as a Government needed time to listen and take stock and have done that’.

Minister Alan Kelly added: “We can either create the only company capable of delivering water infrastructure for our citizens or we can ignore the problems of future generations and let water shortages become a reality for our children.”

The key measures are as follows:

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Are you registered to vote?

Posted on November 18, 2014

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Next year you will have the chance to vote on introducing marriage equality. Marriage equality is something that we can all deliver for all our people but we have to ensure that everyone, including our young people, is registered.

You can check if you're on the electoral register from Check the Register and remember you have until November 25th. 

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Tánaiste Joan Burton speaks on Mairia Cahill and sex abuse in the Provisional Republican movement

Posted on November 13, 2014

In the video you can see the comments made by the Tánaiste Joan Burton in Dáil Eireann on Mairia Cahill, and sex abuse in the Provisional Republican movement.

You can read her entire comments from our media centre here.

If you're on Twitter do add Labour to keep up-to-date with the latest news. 

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Supporting older people - Budget 2015

Posted on November 10, 2014

People around the country are, now and, at last, beginning to feel the benefit of the recovery and we want older people to be fully part of that recovery. Under Budget 2015, we have introduced a number of additional measures that will help support older people and ensure that they feel the benefit of the emerging recovery.

Christmas Bonus Returns This Year at 25% Rate

Christmas can be a time of greater financial strain for families. Under Budget 2015, we have secured a Christmas bonus of 25% for all people on long-term social welfare payments, including pensioners. This payment will benefit over 1.16 million people.

Living Alone Allowance Increase

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Social Welfare Bill sees increase in Child Benefit

Posted on November 06, 2014

Joan Burton introduced the Social Welfare Bill 2014 in the Dáil today which provides for the increase in the rate of Child Benefit from January. The increase will bring the monthly rate from €130 to €135 for each child, benefitting almost 613,000 families in Ireland. It will come into effect from 1 January 2015.

Speaking on the €5 increase in the Dáil, Joan said: “Child Benefit has been crucial in supporting families through difficult times and this increase will help families to build a better financial future and boost the recovery. I am a strong advocate of Child Benefit as a universal payment because of its crucial importance to low and middle-income families.”

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