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Comment #1718975 by Brian Ó Dálaigh

Brian Ó Dálaigh Oct 20th 2013, 10:43 AM #

100 Euro per week is only enough for rent and food. Nothing else. The average electricity bill per person is roughly 15 per week. Telephone expenses (to keep in contact for emergency and job prospecting purposes) is roughly 5-10 per week. Internet access to allow for job hunting is another 5-10 per week. Clothing, replacing things such as kettles, dishes, etc. I know a few people on 100 per week. They spend a lot of the week in soup kitchens and eating at friends’ houses. If they didn’t have support networks I can imagine they’d turn to theft. Stealing is better than dying any day.

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Former Mountjoy governor: Dole cuts likely to push young people into criminality

Former Mountjoy governor: Dole cuts likely to push young people into criminality

John Lonergan told TheJournal.ie that the cut announced in the Budget is “a terrible indication of the value we place” on our young people.

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    Oct 20th 2013, 9:02 AM

    You think the cuts will turn otherwise law abiding youth to crime? I doubt it. But I do think those addicted to drugs will commit more crimes to make up for the government income they have now lost.

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    Oct 20th 2013, 10:03 AM

    There will definitely be more young people committing crimes because of the cuts , people between the ages of 18 and 24 will only be getting 100 euro thats only enough for rent, food and electricity , they need money for other things as well like going out on the weekend for a few drinks and that

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    Oct 20th 2013, 10:43 AM

    100 Euro per week is only enough for rent and food. Nothing else. The average electricity bill per person is roughly 15 per week. Telephone expenses (to keep in contact for emergency and job prospecting purposes) is roughly 5-10 per week. Internet access to allow for job hunting is another 5-10 per week. Clothing, replacing things such as kettles, dishes, etc. I know a few people on 100 per week. They spend a lot of the week in soup kitchens and eating at friends’ houses. If they didn’t have support networks I can imagine they’d turn to theft. Stealing is better than dying any day.

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    Oct 20th 2013, 10:59 AM

    Are they not entitled to rent supplement?

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    Oct 20th 2013, 11:04 AM

    Not necessarily. Some may be, but I have seen plenty refused. It seems to me, and this is only anecdotal, that those who get rent supplement are the same long-term spongers, and those that don’t are the very ones who need it but want to work

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    Oct 20th 2013, 11:40 AM

    Someone living on 100 quid a week will get rent supplement.

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