Monday 20 November 2017

Dole payments should be cut, not increased

The current high levels of social welfare are totally unsustainable for the national finances, writes Brendan Burgess

The dole in the Republic of Ireland is €193 per week for a single person. The dole in Northern Ireland is the equivalent of €90. (Stock picture)
The dole in the Republic of Ireland is €193 per week for a single person. The dole in Northern Ireland is the equivalent of €90. (Stock picture)

Brendan Burgess

Last week the dole was increased by €5. Cue the usual howls of protests from the poverty lobby deploring the paltriness of this increase.

But let's look at a few facts.

The dole in the Republic of Ireland is €193 per week for a single person. The dole in Northern Ireland is the equivalent of €90. That is not a typo. An unemployed person in Dundalk is getting twice the dole than his cousin who lives 14 miles away in Newry. They have the same access to free healthcare, free education and roughly the same housing, although in the Republic, a person on the dole is expected to contribute €30 a week towards their housing costs.

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