Wednesday 29 March 2017

Aideen Sheehan: Working should pay more than the dole – it's a no-brainer

IT'S a no-brainer that you should always be better off working than on social welfare. While it's vital to have a safety net for families who lose their jobs and need state support till they find a new one, no system should ever be allowed to make it pay more to stay on the dole.

Yet that's currently the situation in Ireland for many families, an Irish Independent investigation has found.

While the Government bats around statistics saying the vast majority of people are better off working, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) notes that 8pc of the unemployed would lose money by getting a job, meaning the reality is that thousands of households are disincentivised to work.

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