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Youth unemployment down - Burton
16 Apr 2014 12:12
Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said the rate of youth unemployment is falling significantly as the Government is incentivising young people not to be trapped in unemployment and is getting them into training.
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During Minister's Questions Fianna Fáil’s Willie O'Dea asked the minister how many people under 26 were receiving Jobseeker's Allowance, and if the change in payments after the Budget has reduced the unemployment figure for people under the age of 26.
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Ms Burton told the Dáil there are 65,400 people under 26 receiving Job Seekers' Allowance.
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Mr O’Dea said that in the last Budget social welfare payments to people under the age of 26 were reduced quite substantially on the basis that they should be encouraged to apply for jobs or training places.
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Ms Burton said that at the end of December last year there were 300,590 recipients of Job Seekers' Allowance and up to 100,000 of them were working part-time or signing for credits and that number has fallen since.
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She reminded Mr O'Dea that reduced rates of Jobseeker's Allowance for younger people were first introduced when Fianna Fáil was in government in 2009.
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She said that Budget 2014 further extended the rates of Job Seekers' Allowance for recipients under 26.
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This measure aims to incentivise young people to avail of education and training opportunities, she told the Dáil.
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She said that if a young person in receipt of the reduced allowance participates in a training programme they will receive a higher weekly payment of €160.
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