Thursday 26 April 2018

Thinking the unthinkable to cut dole queues

Dole queue, Hanover Street, Cork City. Photo: Clare Keogh/Provision
Dole queue, Hanover Street, Cork City. Photo: Clare Keogh/Provision
Eamon Delaney

Eamon Delaney

The prospect of the worldwide security and services company G4S getting centrally involved in the Government's back-to-work programme is a very interesting one that could revolutionise our welfare system.

Indeed, given the furore in the UK over the Channel 4 programme 'Benefits Street', the Irish proposal could show the way for a bold British government to make similarly needed reforms to the UK welfare system.

The plan will part privatise the job-seeking services and make it results-driven. Despite many changes, the existing system is still too static, and has not done enough to cure the 'welfare traps' and semi-permanence for so many recipients.

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