The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection's mission is to promote active participation and inclusion in society through the provision of income supports, employment services and other services.
The department is the largest payment organisation in the State. It also operates the public employment service and directly funds a wide range of employment programmes and citizen advisory services.
The department's main functions are to:
advise government and formulate appropriate social protection and social inclusion policies
design, develop and deliver effective and cost efficient income supports, activation and employment services, advice to customers and other related services
work towards providing seamless delivery of services in conjunction with other government departments, agencies and bodies
control fraud and abuse within the social protection system
The department plays a key role in two of the major government policy domains – the distribution and re-distribution of income to assure social cohesion and equity of economic outcomes, and the efficient operation of the supply side of the labour market.