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State told to up dole payments

THE Government has been told to increase basic levels of dole, sick pay, injury payments and other welfare payments like widows' pensions.

The warning comes in a scathing report on how Ireland is complying with the European Social Charter which the Government voluntarily signed up to in November 2000.

The 29-page report from the European Committee on Social Rights finds Ireland has breached the charter under at least eight headings dealing with basic rights including promoting safety at work and dealing with the risk from asbestos. It is also especially critical of the failure to give adequate responses on several topics.

The findings follow information submitted to the Committee about Ireland's welfare system and measures the pledge to guarantee social security under Section 12 of the charter.

But the report does comment approvingly on other benefits paid such as rent allowance and fuel allowances.

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