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9,000 teenagers will be left at sea by welfare cut - News - Young Fine Gael

9,000 teenagers will be left at sea by welfare cut

FF cuts jobseekers allowance to 11,000 under-20s, but provides only 2,100 extra places in back to work and re-training schemes.

Young Fine Gael (YFG) have today expressed shock at the proposed 50% cut in jobseekers allowance for those under the age of 20 proposed in the Emergency Budget, and have attacked the Government's rationale for this cut as being entirely false.

YFG President Barry Walsh has said: "One of the first cuts announced in today's Budget was the halving of welfare payments to 11,000 unemployed persons under the age of 20. Brian Lenihan stated that the reason for this was to incentivise the young unemployed to participate in training programmes - and yet concrete plans for only 2,100 places in programmes which apply to those under the age of 20 have been announced.

"As a result of this black hole, at least 9,000 young people will find themselves with their welfare payments halved, and still be confronted with the same lack of retraining and employment opportunities which has beset them up to now.

"This cut should result in approximately €13 million in savings per annum.

"This proposal is the latest con-trick from a Government which is desperate to pretend that it is doing its best to help young unemployed people. It targets those for whom the shock of the recession has been brought to bear in an especially severe way.

"Fianna Fáil seem intent on compounding the misery of young people in this time of recession. Having failed - for a fourth time - to restore confidence in our broken society, the young people of Ireland should respond by levying an equal amount of electoral misery on Fianna Fáil Ministers, TDs, MEPs and Councillors at the earliest available opportunity."

Ends.

Note to Editors: The latest figures for the number of people on the Live Register under the age of 20 are available in Table 2 here: http://www.cso.ie/releasespublications/documents/labour_market/current/lrabda.pdf

The only concrete re-training programmes announced in today's Budget which apply to people under the age of 20 were:

· support individual enterprise through enhanced access to the Back To Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme, which will facilitate some 1,400 additional claims;
· support redundant apprentices to receive additional training in the education sector – for up to 700 people;

Contact:

Barry Walsh
President Young Fine Gael
087 6402497
Susie O'Connor
National Youth Officer
086 66 22 819

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