Burton defends inspections of widows' homes
Q SOCIAL Protection Minister Joan Burton has defended the random inspections of widows' homes by welfare officials, writes Niall O'Connor.
The Department has been accused of adopting a "heavy-handed" approach after a widow had her pension mistakenly stopped. Ms Burton accepted her department had made a mistake in relation to the case raised in the Dail.
"I regret any upset to the lady involved, it's a randomised survey simply to check that the person is still in the country," she said.