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The Daily Poll

Poll: Should dole payments for those under 26 be reduced?

The Government’s expected to change the terms of dole payments for young people in tomorrow’s Budget. But is it a good idea?

IT’S REPORTED THIS morning that the Cabinet has signed-off on Budget measures that will see social welfare payments for unemployed young people reduced.

It’s expected the measure – whereby people don’t qualify for the full €188 until they hit 26 – will only apply to new entrants to the Live Register. At the moment, those aged 18-22 only get €100 a week — these terms too will be extended to cover people up to 24.

The change is aimed at giving young people an extra incentive to take up employment.

Today we ask: Do you agree with the plans?

Poll Results:

No. There's no reason young people should be singled out in this manner. (5543)
Yes. There are plenty of lower-paid and JobBridge places for those willing to work. (2444)
I don't know/care. (1969)

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