Youth dole cut will encourage emigration, group claims
on 14/10/2013 09:49:30
That's according to the Irish National Organisation for the Unemployed, which says the possible changes should be abandoned.
It's reported that tomorrow's Budget will see the weekly dole payment cut for 25-year-olds from €188 to €144 a week.
"It is extraordinary that people can vote at 18, but in our social welfare system you're not seen as a fully adult until you're 25, and if this measure comes through you won't be seen as a full adult until you're 26," said Brid O'Brien from the INOU.
"I think it will send out a very negative message toy young people in this country, many of whom feel they don't have a future here... and feel that the message that has been given them is to emigrate."