Social protection covers the range of policies and programmes needed to reduce the lifelong consequences of poverty and exclusion.
What are social protection payments?
These payments are paid to people under pensionable age who are unable to work due to an illness. The government recognises that these payments help people cope with the stress of illness or injury. The Make Work Pay report states that the government wants to promote the well-being of people with disabilities.
What does the Department of Social Protection do?
It is responsible for the delivery of a range of social insurance and social assistance schemes including provision for unemployment, illness, maternity, caring, widowhood, retirement and old age.