‘Will help to promote the uptake of new employment’
‘Family with one child will receive additional €2,324’
Sligo News File Online
Fine Gael TD for Sligo-Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin, spoke in the Dáil this week on the Second Stage of the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2015.
“The new legislation, which contains provisions which are aimed at making work pay and making it more appealing for the many families who are reliant on social welfare in 2015, is due to be enacted fully by June 2015”, stated Deputy McLoughlin.
“During the debate, I spoke on the importance of its provisions which amongst other things, will help to promote the uptake of new employment, give increased support to lone parents who find work, whilst also helping to protect the Irish taxpayer from increased fraudulent social welfare claims from occurring in the future.
“The main component of the Bill, is the Back to Work Family Dividend Scheme’ which was announced first in the 2015 Budget. This scheme, is designed to assist families who are job seekers or lone parents or reliant on welfare in making the transition back to employment or into to self-employment.
“In the new scheme, over two years, a family with one child will receive additional support of €2,324 from this new scheme. Families with 2 children will receive €4,649, whilst families with 3 children will receive €6,973. If you qualify for the scheme, you will be paid the equivalent of any Increases for Qualified Children that were being paid on your jobseeker or one-parent family payment for the first year in employment. Half of that amount will be paid for the second year. You can combine time on a jobseeker’s payment with time spent on education, training or employment schemes to meet the eligibility requirements.
“I must also mention that persons getting Jobseekers or One Parent Family Allowance are also entitled to keep their current medical card for three years after they return to work. This acts as a separate incentive to job seekers to take up offers of employment
because they will not lose the safety net of having a medical card and it also ensures that people accepting jobs will have income supports during a time of transition from unemployment to work.
“I do not believe that it is acceptable, as was the case with the last number of Governments, that people were encouraged to languishing on the live register without being given real opportunities and real supports with their attempts to find work, which will ultimately have so many benefits for their families’ lives.”