A ‘labour activation’ measure? It is like f… November 27, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in The Left.
The Irish Times understands that the Government is under pressure from the EU-IMF-ECB troika to reduce the duration for which the means-tested jobseeker’s benefit is paid.
At present the payment – worth up to €188 a week – is paid for up to 12 months to people who are out of work and covered by social insurance. However, this would be reduced to nine months under proposals to be considered by the Cabinet
As a result, those on the benefit would face moving on to means-tested jobseeker’s payments much earlier. This would see thousands of people receiving lower rates. The move is aimed at encouraging people to seek work, or what policymakers call a “labour activation measure”.
Let us contextualise a bit with the information by way of Michael Taft’s thoughts on the issue of unemployment here where he notes:
Even the Government admits their policies are having little effect on job creation. They expect unemployment to remain at 13 percent by 2015, a fall of only one percentage point since they took office. The number of people at work will only grow by 12,000 over the lifetime of this Government.