Government To Dole Out Benefits 'Work' Scheme

The Government is considering new plans that would see job hunters 'working' for increased dole payments.

Under the latest proposals, employees would forego paying wages and instead 'top-up' unemployment benefits of workers. The scheme is aimed at reducing the live register figures by tens of thousands.

Employers taking on such workers would have to commit to the deal for a number of months. At the end of the initial 'top-up' period, employers could benefit from a new employment grant if they keep the new workers on the payroll.

Other measures include extending a work experience programme for young people and graduates so they get a foot on the jobs' ladder and reviewing training allowances with a view to reducing or possibly abolishing some of them.

Tanaiste and Enterprise Minister Mary Coughlan (pictured) wants to outline details of the new jobs' initiative at the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis this weekend.


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