Bus shelter ad, Dublin unspecified location.

And from the website

The National Childcare Scheme insisting on a Public Servce Card card despite a ruling from the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) that the card is unlawful when applied to State services other than welfare.

Good times.

Previously: Public Service Card on Broadsheet


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17 thoughts on “The Sting

    1. Bodger

      Thanks, Owen. I am little confused by this.

      ‘It is built on the Public Services Card, linking a ‘real world’ identity to an online identity, and is designed for sharing and integration across government departments and public bodies…’

      And this is mandatory?

    2. Mick

      According to the NCS website

      You will need a Public Services Card (PSC) and a verified MyGovID account to avail of the full range of online Government services, including applying for the National Childcare Scheme.

    3. some old queen

      In order to have a MyGovid online account you now need a card. for example still has the login option of using a PPS number but that will no longer give you access- I was told this by the revenue help line only yesterday.

  1. Clampers Outside

    Isn’t “childcare subsidy” a “welfare” payment?
    If not, what does it come under then…. confused new parent here :)

    1. Mick

      I don’t think it’s part of the Dept of Social Protection, which is what the DPC said was OK to use the PSC card for. This comes under Dept of Children auspices, so would seem to be different.

  2. eoin

    “Minister, Deputy Zappone, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs appears to be pressing ahead with a requirement that individuals use a PSC to apply online for the new childcare
    scheme. The only alternative option that appears to be offered is a manual, paper-based application that will not be ready until the new year and will not provide back payments. Clearly, this
    is completely at odds with the findings of our report and the directions we have issued.”

    Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon at the public accounts committee a fortnight ago.

    Zappone, the minister who has ignored the babies buried in septic tanks, the minister who has failed to get a single prosecution for “adoption agencies” which illegally sold Irish children. What a snivelling excuse for a minister, she should stick to what she does best, getting flag burn by trying to photobomb other’s achievements.

  3. GiggidyGoo

    And people that can’t afford an internet bill? Or can’t get broadband anyway? Or are not computer literate? Or who do not trust the internet (we had the Abtran misuse of a credit card not too long ago, as a result of people having to deal with their government business through a third party). Or, for that matter, are illiterate?
    This is discrimination in a big way. Paper based option should always – always – be available alongside the option of IT.

    1. Cian

      How, exactly, does a paper form help the illiterate?

      As for the rest, there is internet available free in libraries. And most people have a phone that is capable of accessing the internet.

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