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New Social Services Card In Ireland
 
# 1 : Wednesday 5-10-2011 @ 21:46
 
 


New public services card unveiled

Department of Social

The new public services card is being distributed to social welfare recipients from this week.

The card, which incorporates anti-fraud mechanisms such as a biometric photograph, is designed to provide access for those entitled to public services and free travel.

The Department of Social Protection has begun the phased introduction of the card at offices in Tullamore, Sligo and King's Inns in Dublin, officials told an Oireachtas committee today.

By the end of the year, it is anticipated that 4,000 people will be issued with the card, which is the size of a credit card and is said to be tamper-proof.

The front of the card will hold a person's name, photograph and signature, while the back will hold the person's PPS number and a magnetic stripe for compatibility with existing social services cards.

In addition to this, information about the person's name, PPS, date of birth, sex, nationality, photograph and signature will be electronically stored on the card. The Department says that, in time, the magnetic stripe will be replaced by chip and pin technology.

The Department aims to make €625 million in control savings next year by cutting down on welfare fraud, up from €540 million this year, assistant secretary Ann Vaughan told the Joint Committee on Social Protection today.

However, control savings are not actual monies recovered by the Department but an estimate of future expenditure that is avoided. The actual level of overpayments last year was considerably lower, at €83.4 million.

What do you think of this idea? I think it is a good idea, as there is so much welfare fraud going on. Apparently, so many people are using colour photocopied bus passes on the red line Luas.
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# 2 : Wednesday 5-10-2011 @ 21:47
 
 
About bloody time.
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# 3 : Wednesday 5-10-2011 @ 21:50
 
 
Sounds like a great idea Intrepid
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# 4 : Wednesday 5-10-2011 @ 21:50
 
 
Should cut down on multipe-ID scams. On the news it said it's hoped other Departments can use the info too so hopefully it can be used to cut down on electoral fraud too.
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# 5 : Wednesday 5-10-2011 @ 21:52
 
 
Someone said :



What do you think of this idea? I think it is a good idea, as there is so much welfare fraud going on. Apparently, so many people are using colour photocopied bus passes on the red line Luas.

I see the model on that demo card has a double barrelled surname - highly unlikely to be in need of social services methinks!

But seriously - it's a great idea and long overdue. I presume that this replaces the PPS card?
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# 6 : Wednesday 5-10-2011 @ 22:02
 
 
From what I could make out, it definitely replaces the free travel passes, but it could also replace the PPS card. I'm not fully sure.
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# 7 : Wednesday 5-10-2011 @ 22:06
 
 
All the population should have one?
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# 8 : Wednesday 5-10-2011 @ 22:09
 
 
yes, but the trick is when you go to use it to avail of free travel when you are not entitled, the machine will refuse to let you through. BEEP! So the fraudster is caught on the spot.
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# 9 : Wednesday 5-10-2011 @ 22:14
 
 
But why bother trying to defraud the system when you can just have a few kids, get the gaff with furniture allowance and Bob's you're auntie's live in lover?
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# 10 : Wednesday 5-10-2011 @ 22:16
 
 
Someone said :
But why bother trying to defraud the system when you can just have a few kids, get the gaff with furniture allowance and Bob's you're auntie's live in lover?

They will put a swipe lock on the front door, so lover boy cant get in!
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# 11 : Wednesday 5-10-2011 @ 22:19
 
 
Someone said :

They will put a swipe lock on the front door, so lover boy cant get in!

What about Georgie Burgess?
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# 12 : Wednesday 5-10-2011 @ 22:19
 
 
Someone said :

They will put a swipe lock on the front door, so lover boy cant get in!

really angela - i'm surprised at u - we all know that lover boys NEVER use the front door - if that was the case their would be a tabloid frontpage headline every day
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# 13 : Wednesday 5-10-2011 @ 22:21
 
 
Someone said :

really angela - i'm surprised at u - we all know that lover boys NEVER use the front door - if that was the case their would be a tabloid frontpage headline every day

Well I know your lover boys, like to go in the back! You will be ok!
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# 14 : Wednesday 5-10-2011 @ 22:24
 
 
Great stuff but about 15 years too late.
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# 15 : Wednesday 5-10-2011 @ 22:28
 
 
Someone said :
Great stuff but about 15 years too late.

I agree, tells you how lazy the politicians are. We put that system in the museum years ago, the rest of europe will be saying when they see this!
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