Today the departments of Social Affairs and Enterprise & Employment have come together to tackle the unemployment problem. Previously people who were claiming unemployment benefit had 1/2 a year before then had to go to a FÁS office either to get training or go on a work placement program. Now Social Affairs Minister Seamus Brennan and Enterprise & Employment Minister Micheál Martin have teamed up and gotten tough on these “unemployable” people. They now have 3 months to present themselves, or face penalties.
This is an aim to further reduce the 4.4% unemployment figures. Mr Brennan is quoted as saying
“The change which is just starting now, will mean that people must now go to FÁS after three months rather than after six months. It’s designed to encourage the long-term unemployed to train or to return to work.”
Personally I think this is great. Force those lazy people to do something a little bit more proactive, and make them learn something new for their dole money. Let’s see will it have an impact on the number of people on the live register.