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New law would force unemployed to upload CVs to job sites - or have their dole cut

The government has launched its latest Pathways to Work document today.

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL consider legislating to make it mandatory for unemployed people to upload their CVs onto job websites – or face having their dole cut.

The coalition has launched its Pathways to Work 2015 document at Government Buildings today with a strong emphasis on measures to help long-term and young unemployed back into work.

The plan aims to get 100,000 people back into employment over the next two years as the current unemployment rate stands at 11.1 per cent with around 185,000 people out of work for longer than a year.

As part of its plans the government intends to make it a condition of social welfare payments that jobseekers upload their CVs onto sites like JobsIreland.ie or other employment sites.

A new law to make this mandatory could be brought in during the third quarter of next year, according to the document published today.

The Taoiseach also announced today that tax cuts in next week’s Budget will, according to government estimates, create an extra 15,000 jobs over the next four years.

A total of 57,000 education and training places for long-term unemployed and 33,000 places on Department of Social Protection employment programmes will be provided this year and next year under the plans launched today.

Pathways to Work is the government’s strategy for tackling unemployment and was first launched in 2012.

Also announced today is the introduction of a Working Family Bonus which will be formally announced in next Tuesday’s Budget.

This will allow jobseekers who return to work to retain welfare payments for their children for a certain period.

This is aimed at removing so-called ‘welfare traps’ where some parents are better off out of work than in employment. It’s thought around a third of unemployed people with children currently fall into this trap.

The latest version of the plan sets out 17 ‘major actions’ and 45 ‘milestones’ with a view to ensuring that the 2015 targets are delivered.

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