'Work for dole' scheme divides public opinion
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The Minister for Social Protection, Eamon O Cuiv, has announced a new "work for dole" scheme that could see some dole claimants work in the community in return for their benefits.
Mr O Cuiv says the aim of the scheme is to help those out of work to maintain and develop skills and to deter welfare fraud.
The participants will be expected to work 19.5 hours a week in areas like after-school services, childcare, services for older people, environmental projects and in the improvement of sports and tourist facilities and receive around €210 in return.