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Poll: Is it right to cut benefits for those who refuse work or training?

Joan Burton has proposed that dole claimants have their payments docked if they refuse training or offers of work but is it right to do this?

IN A NEWSPAPER interview today, the minister for social protection Joan Burton has proposed that welfare benefits be docked for those out of work who refuse to engage in the process seeking employment.

Burton has told the Irish Mail on Sunday that dole claimants who are unwilling to take up education or training for new jobs will have their dole payments cut under new measures as the government looks to tackle the currently high unemployment rate in Ireland.

Do you think this is right?

Poll Results:

Yes (1406)
No (213)

Read: Dole claimants who refuse offers of work will have payments cut

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