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Thursday 23 November 2017

Taoiseach: No-one in full-time employment should be 'poor'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Taoiseach Enda Kenny Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that no person who is in full-time employment should be “poor” and that the new Low Pay Commission is the only “sustainable route out poverty”.

“Work should pay more than welfare and no household with a person in full-time work should be poor.  This is not always the case at the moment,” he said earlier this morning. 

He was speaking at the launch of the new Low Pay Commission in Dublin, which was also attended by Tanaiste Joan Burton.

The new independent body is expected to report back to the Government by July 15 on what the "appropriate rate" of the national minimum wage should be.

The Taoiseach said it is “morally unacceptable” that nine pc of families, where the head of the household is employed, are classed as “consistently poor”

The Taoiseach also said that he believes that the new "targeted welfare support" scheme, the  'Back to Work Family Dividend', aimed at bringing parents out of long-term unemployment will also act as "a real incentive for people to come from long-term unemployment back into the world of work".

Mr Kenny said that social welfare scheme will be on offer to families from April, with back payments until January available.

Parents who are returning to work after long term unemployment will be able to apply for the scheme, which will offer them €30 per week for each child for the first year.

After that they will receive €15 per child for the second year.

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