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Jobseeker payments cut to €100 a week for younger people up to 25

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Gerald Flynn

All new applicants for Jobseekers’ allowances aged under-26 will face reduced payments from the beginning of 2014. Those aged between 22 and 24 will see their welfare payments fall from €144 a week at present to €100. Those aged 25 will receive €144 a week instead of the current €188 rate. At present 18-22 year olds receive €100 a week. The reduced payments  apply to all new applicants on the Live Register.

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, said that the savings made in reduced payments would be invested in youth employment measures. She said that “signing on for jobseeker’s allowance on a person’s 18th birthday is not the start to adult life any parent would want for their child. We need to be more ambitious for our young people”.

The intention appears to be to force younger unemployed to participate in ‘Back to Education’ schemes which provide weekly payments of €160 a week for those to attend training courses.

Budget allocates €1.6bn for employment schemes

Posted on October 16, 2013 by Gerald Flynn

Last week’s Irish Budget included a €1.6 billion package aimed at supporting the Government’s Pathways to Work-2 programme launched in July.

In his budget speech, Minister for Public Expenditure and Report (D/PER), Brendan Howlin  said that the policy “sets out our strategy for tacking unemployment, and in particular, long-term unemployment. The total allocation for 2014 for activation places in education, training and work experience is €1.6bn.”

He added that this would provide nearly 300,000 places in work, education and training programmes. This equates with an average spend of €5,350 per unemployed participant which may be a guide figure for those considering tender bids for the  anticipated JobPath  employment services contracts. The Budget also allocated  an additional €9m  in capital spending towards expending the network of Intreo employment advice offices throughout the state.

A further  €14m has been  set aside for the new Youth Guarantee Fund which is aimed at supporting  additional activation for those under-25 years old.


Croke Park II – Table of Pay Cuts

Posted on February 28, 2013 by Gerald Flynn

Here are details of  the stepped pay cuts planned for public service employees earning more than €65,000.     Click here for:  Croke Park II – Higher Pay Cuts Table

Those earning less than €100,000 may resume  payment of incremental scale pay rises after 2016.