This morning.

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.

Overreach of power: Intimidation and harassment in the social welfare system (Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner)

26 thoughts on “Mean Testing

      1. Dave

        Don’t think so, probably countless cases of people asking their partners to leave for the day of inspection, I know two people in particular who do this

        1. Brother Barnabas

          a friend’s sister’s neighbour worked with a lad’s fiance who knew at least three (3) people who were doing this

        2. millie

          Omg me too Dave!

          Now excuse me while I go back to curtain twitching and working myself up into a paroxysm of outrage over Mr across the road and his shiny new medical card, even though it is absolutely NONE of my business.

          1. Rob_G

            I hope for their sake that none of Milli’s neighbours ever get burgled or have their cars stolen, as according to Millie, it’s none of her business.

  1. Joe

    The micro miniscule savings to the state targeting lone parents is an infinitsmal fraction of what the state loses through corporate tax avoidance and dodging scans. But like everything else under the rotten FFFGGP government they take sadistic pride in going after the poorest whilst achieving the least benefit to taxpayers. Any state employee fiddling about in ladies wardrobes should be sacked.

    1. Micko

      Totally Joe.

      Let’s focus on the little person getting their handout. Barely making ends meet

      Their handout that’s spent and taxed on goods in Ireland, while at the same time ignoring the fellah taking 1.2 million euro OUT of the country to the Caymen islands.

      Unbelievably stupid

      1. broadbag

        I agree, but why not look at both issues? Also the Caymen islands guy is possibly creating jobs which generate 100s of thousands in wages, lifting people off social welfare, giving them better standards of living, reducing the burden to the state as they no longer need welfare or housing supports, these wages in turn are spent and taxed on goods in Ireland…let’s not ignore that, it’s not so black and white as little person good, big business bad.

  2. Joe

    The micro miniscule savings to the state targeting lone parents is an infinitsmal fraction of what the state loses through corporate tax avoidance and dodging scams. But like everything else under the rotten FFFGGP government they take sadistic pride in going after the poorest whilst achieving the least benefit to taxpayers. Any state employee fiddling about in ladies wardrobes should be sacked.

  3. Toby

    Apparently they found Ellen Coyne in one of the wardrobes. She was in there spreading some kindness and birth control gels. The bloody remains of a priest were found on the landing.

  4. Rob_G

    As ever, the usual regulars, who normally advocate for higher levels of state intervention in everything, going mad at the notion of state functionaries carrying out the normal functions of the state.

    The social protection budget is €25bn; while the vast majority of people claim only what they are entitled to, there will always be some unscrupulous people looking to claim money dishonestly, and there needs to be some sort of enforcement procedure to combat this.

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