State must tackle 'welfare trap' in Budget
A LIFE with little to hope for in the future beyond total dependence on welfare is a hard life indeed. It is a human tragedy which also has a corrosive effect on society more generally and places an obstacle in the way of hoped-for economic recovery. Last month we finally stopped pretending that the 'welfare trap' was not a serious problem in this country.
A report from the Citizens' Advice Board, a body which is part of the Social Protection Department, warned that thousands of people living on welfare would lose income by taking a job. Logically, few people are going to work for less than they would get in welfare payments.
This past few days we have heard conflicting ripples from the Government on the issue. Some first suggested that this urgent issue may well be tackled in Budget 2014 which is to be presented in a little under a month. Then these suggestions were seriously downplayed.