Via The Irish Examiner:
The Irish Examiner spoke to a number of women who say that unannounced visits to their homes while on lone-parent payments made them feel “worthless”.
They claim that while on the single parent payment, they were told that if they entered a relationship they would lose the payment, and inspectors would come to their homes unannounced, searching each room, sometimes opening wardrobes looking for men’s clothes and questioning them about cars parked outside.
….One major concern about such inspections is that the inspectors almost always attend houses on their own and the women they visit are often unaware of their rights and vulnerable due to lack of income and support. The inspector’s report of the visit and living situation is sent to a presiding officer who oversees approval.