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Thousands Have Been Receiving Job Seekers Allowance For Over 10 years

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7:43 AM - 26 Jun 2020



Almost 14,000 people have been receiving Jobseeker's Allowance for at least the past 10 years.

The Department of Social Protection pays a maximum of 203 euro a week to people under the Jobseeker's Allowance Scheme.

Over 134,000 people are getting the payment because they're out of work.

Nearly 32,200 have been getting it for at least the past six years and 13,940 for over 10 years.

Fianna Fáil's social protection spokesman, Willie O'Dea, says the government hasn't put enough emphasis on the long-term unemployed.

"Even if they require retraining, even to go into a class, you'd need some confidence building there. They wouldn't have the confidence to go in.  A lot of the long term unemployed you'll find as well have issues with homelessness, addiction, mental health etc. You'd really need a multi-disciplinary approach and a special focus on the long-term unemployed. "

Of those on the payment for at least a decade, just over 4,000 are in Dublin.

Almost a thousand in Cork and 872 are in Donegal.

 

 



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