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Twin-track approach required to have significant impact on reducing long-term unemployment
As unemployment reaches its highest point in 2011 Government requires a twin-track strategy – one track focused on job-creation and the other track focused on creating real meaningful work opportunities for people who are long-term unemployed. Social Justice Ireland believes that while initiatives focused on improving job creation and protecting jobs that already exist are very welcome and necessary, they should not be allowed to create an illusion that Ireland’s unemployment crisis will be resolved in the period immediately ahead.
- Would create 100,000 part-time jobs for unemployed people;
- Paid at the going hourly rate for the job;
- Participants working the number of hours required to earn the equivalent of their so! cial welfare payment and a small top-up;
- Up to a maximum of 19.5 hours a week.
- Access would be on a voluntary basis only;
- Jobs would be created in the public sector and the community and voluntary sector;
- Participants would be remunerated principally through the reallocation of social welfare payments.
- Working on these jobs participants would be allowed to take up other paid employment in their spare time without incurring loss of benefits and would be liable to tax in the normal way if their income was sufficient to bring them into the tax net.
Social Justice Ireland’s most recent Policy Briefing addresses the issues of Work, Jobs and Unemployment and may be accessed here.
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) publication on the Live Register published June 1, 2011 may be downloaded below.