Submission on single welfare payment for everyone of working age

In its submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education the EAPN Ireland Europe 2020 Working Group has expressed strong concerns about the negative poverty impact of introducing a single welfare payment for all people  aged 16-64 in the current economic climate. Proposals for reform by the Department of Social Protection would see lone parents, people with disabilities and all others aged 16-64 years recieve the same social welfare supports as those on Jobseekers Assistance. These proposals were made initially by the Department of Social Protection in 2010 and have been part of an ongoing consultation process. However the introduction of changes for lone parents in the 2012 budget and plans to present an implementation plan to the troika in April 2012 have raised concerns that despite major concerns the proposals are being fast-tracked.   Download publication

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