THE GOVERNMENT is set to launch a major drive to demonstrate to the majority of people receiving dole payments that they are better off working.
At least 75 per cent of people on welfare could increase their income by about 50 per cent if they got a job, research suggests.
Only a small minority - 3 per cent - of people in receipt of social welfare would be better off on the dole rather than working, according to the research commissioned by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton.
Thousands of dole collectors will be sent letters showing what their take-home pay would be after tax compared to their benefits, the Irish Times has revealed. Low-income workers will also be able to compare this online.
The group that are most likely to increase their income by working are those who receive single welfare payment, worth up to €188 per week.
The people likely to lose if they return to work are those families who get 'poverty trap' payments, like the child dependent allowance, mortgage interest supplement and rent supplement.
Extra funding will be given next year for welfare benefits which provide financial help to families working on low pay.
An extra €55 million will go towards the family income supplement, a tax-free payment for working parents on low pay. Currently more than 40,000 families are aided by the scheme.