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Should we replace dole payments with vouchers after 6 months of claiming?


Marcos the black

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Talking to someone today who says that it's "possible" that in tomorrow's budget there will be a change in that after 6 months of being unemployed claimants will receive food/heat/clothes/(school)book vouchers etc instead of cash. The reason being of course that these vouchers will be used as intended (to support someone down on their luck) but remove abuse of the system such as spending welfare on drink/drugs etc.

This is what happens in the US and other countries, and on paper it makes sense... I believe that there maybe some other "rebate" aspect to it by which claimants can apply for a rebate on sanctioned items in addition to vouchered items.
Works successfully in other countries, encourages people to find work, and reduces the social welfare bill.

Could it work here?
 

RobertW

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Whoever you were talking to was talking out of their arse.
 

davoid

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No it's not because its not going to happen.
Nor should it.

The last time vouchers were tried here was Social Welfare butter vouchers in the 80s. It was a disaster - costly, inefficient. A public servant's dream though.
 

Pink Panther

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Huge stigma issues attached to this. It's never going to happen. Could only work for something like fuel allowance - not a basic weekly payment
 

Warren Poynt

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Good idea.

If it works successfully in other countries, there is no reason why it cannot equally apply in Ireland.

Better that benefits are not cut and that the cash provided is used for the purposes that are intended and not on gambling, drugs, alcohol but rather on heating, clothes, food and other necessities.
 

Marcos the black

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You were mistaken

Seriously , re do the thread as a 'should there be vouchers ' , else it will be a mess !
Ok, will take it on board, but does the "?" at the end not suggest that it's a question?
 

Roman Emperor

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...Works successfully in other countries, encourages people to find work, and reduces the social welfare bill.

Could it work here?
Encourage people to find work ? With over 400,000 unemployed ? As Father Dougal might say, that's the bit I have trouble with !!
 

Marcos the black

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Nor should it.

The last time vouchers were tried here was Social Welfare butter vouchers in the 80s. It was a disaster - costly, inefficient. A public servant's dream though.
Technology has improved massively since then with private companies offering EMEA rebate promotions.. This could be efficient and cost effective to run.
 
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