Why should anyone lose €4,000 for getting a job?
MENTION of the reality that some people are better off on welfare rather than working often provokes a knee-jerk response of denial and challenge to the motivation of those who raise the issue. But again today the Irish Independent shows that, if one parent in a family of four took a minimum-wage job, the household would be €80 per week the poorer for it.
Our family of four on welfare could expect an annual income of €33,185. That calculation is based on jobseeker's allowance with additional payments for a spouse/partner and children, child benefit, fuel allowance, back to school allowances and rent supplement.
However, if one partner took a full-time job at the minimum wage, their yearly income would amount to just €29,164.