Case study: 'My friends are living at home, on the dole or odd-jobbing' - Lisa Nolan
FULL-TIME model Lisa Nolan believes the cuts to supports for the young unemployed will have a devastating effect on many of her college peers.
The 24-year-old physiotherapy graduate feels lucky to have been able to make a living from photoshoots and modelling shows. However, many of her friends, who were unable to find work in their field of education, will be directly impacted by reductions in social welfare.
"It's very hard at the moment to get a job in our area, so a lot of my friends are living at home, on the dole or in between odd jobs," she said.
"They're broke, with no money at all and this is definitely putting the lives of people my age on hold. This is meant to be the time when we're getting on the career ladder and properly starting our lives."
She will also be hit by the hike in alcohol and cigarette prices.
"The social side is a huge aspect of what models do and there could be four or five nights a week when I'm out.
"The fact that drink is going up again, as well as cigarettes, will definitely force me to drive to jobs more often and even think about giving up a number of events every week.
"Nights out are just are so unaffordable at this stage that it's not an option anymore. I'll probably limit myself to one night a week.
"There will without doubt be a reduction in events happening too, and that inevitably leads to less work."