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Changes to jobseeker's payments proposed as part of new Government plan

Jul 12, 2021 14:07 By News Northern Sound
Changes to jobseeker's payments proposed as part of new Government plan Changes to jobseeker's payments proposed as part of new Government plan
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A number of changes are being made to Jobseekers' Allowance.

Proposed changes to increase jobseekers benefit will likely take a number of years to come into force.

The Government is working on plans to link jobseekers to someone's salary before they lost their job, rather than a flat rate.

It's included in a new plan that aims to get 75,000 long term unemployed people back into work by 2023.

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The 'Pathways to Work Strategy' contains 83 commitments, and includes the aim of reducing youth unemployment from 44 to 12.5 percent over the period.

Among its measures is a €1,000 grant for people who've been out of work for more than a year, if they complete a short training course.

Jobseekers' Allowance is also set to be revamped under the plan, which's to cost an estimated €350 million.

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Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys has suggested the welfare changes are still a number of years away:

 

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