SF: Govt 'guarantees emigration' for young people
on 15/10/2013 16:32:57
Her comments come following the announcement of a "paltry" €14m for the Youth Guarantee scheme and the dramatic cuts to Job Seekers payments for 22 to 25 year olds.
Senator Reilly said: "Budget 2014 is bad news for young unemployed people. Despite promising to provide a youth guarantee for the 53,800 young people officially unemployed the Government has slashed their job seekers payments.
"Young people aged 21 to 24 will lose almost 33% of their weekly payment while 25 year olds will lose 25% of their payment.
She also said the Government had "broken their promise" not to cut core social welfare payments.
She said: "To add insult to injury the much talked about Youth Guarantee scheme is been given a paltry €14m. This is just 4% of what is required according to best practice across the EU.
"It is clear that Fine Gael and Labour are not serious about tackling youth unemployment. They don't want young people to stay and build a future here in Ireland. They want young people to leave.
The party's social protection spokesperson, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD said: "When Fianna Fáil first cut the jobseekers allowance rate for the under 25s Back in Budget 2010 the Labour Party opposed the cut. They called it for what it was.
"Back then the Labour Party said 'it is abundantly clear that the real purpose of these reforms is to promote emigration' and accused the government of hypocrisy for using the brain drain excuse not to tax high earners, while cutting back for those under 25.
"Today the Labour and Fine Gael parties are kicking our young people in the teeth once again and this time they are kicking them even harder, giving them the choice of suffering even more hardship and poverty at home or taking the boat or plane."