- Sep 10, 2008
Jobless told: train or work to keep dole - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ieUNEMPLOYED people who refuse to turn up for FAS training courses or interviews will lose up to a quarter of their weekly welfare payments, the Irish Independent has learned.
The unprecedented overhaul of the social welfare system includes a parallel plan to make the long-term jobless -- some of whom have completed training programmes -- carry out community work to get their dole.
The revelations came as the Government prepared to shave €860m off the welfare bill in next month's Budget.
As part of the crackdown, dole claimants on the top rate of €196 face losing as much as €46 from their weekly benefit, if they refuse work and training from FAS.
Only welfare claimants with genuine reasons for refusing FAS offers will be spared from having their payments cut:
- Those on the lower rate of €153.60 for jobseeker's benefit will have their payment docked to €117.60.
- Those between the ages of 18 and 21, who are on the reduced rate of €100, will see it fall further to €75.
- Those aged between 22 and 24 will have their €150 rate reduced to €115.
The government hope to make savings of 860 Million by deducting money from the unemployed.
So they want this program to fail and pray and hope people fail to turn up so they can make savings.
Lets have a look at our unemployed, a good percentage of them are highly qualified people who have no use for a pathetic FAS course in learning how to operate Windows XP.
What use will picking up litter around the local area be to them? These jobs are best suited for our criminals in Jail who cost the state far more than someone unemployed.
Pathetic and spineless by the government, ignoring the real issue and doing whatever they can to fiddle the unemployment figures.
Edit: To correct my Billions to Millions. Millions Billions all seem the same now!