Only 3% of jobless better off on the dole October 13, 2011Posted by irishelectionliterature in Inequality.
Given the recent coverage to the cost of Social Welfare, the ‘lifestyle choice’ and so on there is an interesting article in todays Examiner Only 3% of jobless better off on the dole. Its based on an ESRI report due out today.
Only 3% of unemployed people would have more money if they continued to claim social welfare than rejoining the workforce, the ESRI found.
The think-tank’s report, which will be published today, finds that the vast majority of unemployed people would see their income at least double if they took a job.
The study authors have exploded the myth — created, it says, by “non-typical examples” — that most people would be better of containing to claim social welfare than taking up a job. The research shows that while the recession and the crisis in the public finances have seen unemployment rise sharply and taxes increase, this has not weakened the financial incentive to work.
“There has been concern that this combination may weaken the financial incentive to move from unemployment into employment, and selective examples have been used to support this argument,” it said.