90170000(Enda Kenny and members of young Fine Gael in 2009 with passports and suitcases to “outline alternatives to the worrying trend in emigration”)

Via Welfare.ie:

Providing for an additional intake of 1,500 young people to the JobBridge national internship scheme.

In parallel, the Department is announcing changes to income support for young people.

With effect from January 2014, people without children aged 18-24 years in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance will receive €100 per week unless they are an existing claimant on a higher rate, in which case their rate will not change.

People without children aged 18-24 years in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Supplementary Welfare Allowance will receive €100 per week unless they are an existing claimant on a higher rate, in which case their rate will not change.

People without children aged 25 years in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Supplementary Welfare Allowance will receive €144 a week unless they are an existing claimant on a higher rate in which case their rate will not change.

This weekly €144 rate will increase to €188 when they reach 26 years of age. All jobseekers aged 18-25 years who participate in the Back to Education Allowance scheme will receive €160 per week.

 

Anon writes:

What I can see from these proposals is if you’re unemployed and aged between 18-26, you have a choice of emigrating (if you can afford to) or go to work on JobBridge for an extra €50 a week (for up to 18 months!).
As far as I know, JobBridge was intended for highly skilled jobs, how many of these positions will be like that?
If you’re aged between 18 and 26 and lose your job, how will you get to pay rent, pay bills and things like a car loan? Not everyone has the option of moving back to live with their parents.

 

Minister Burton’s Budget package protects pensions, other weekly welfare payments and Child Benefit (Welfare.ie)

Previously: It’ll Be Instagrand

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