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Should unemployed people be given a date to be off the dole?

Minister Joan Burton will be introducing a ‘prediction of exit’ date for people on the Live Register, by which they must have found employment, reports say today. Do you think this is a good idea?

A queue at a social welfare office in Dublin
A queue at a social welfare office in Dublin
Image: Photocall Ireland

- Updated 1pm

IT IS BEING reported that unemployed people will be given a date by which they should be employed and off the live register.

A spokesperson from the Department of Social Protection said that Minister Joan Burton will introduce a ‘probability of exit’ date for people on the dole.

According to the Daily Mail, the length of time will differ depending on the person’s qualifications, with people in the IT sector being given around three months and others having a six month grace period, says the paper.

It adds that people who exceed the time allotted will be “given a pep talk”.

The dates are said to be being put into place from next Wednesday but the department has yet to confirm all of the details.

Today, we’re asking if you agree with such a proposal. Do you think that a ‘prediction of exit’ date needs to be introduced for people on the Live Register?

Tell us your reasons why in the comments below.


Poll Results:

No, I don't think it should be introduced (1914)
Yes, I agree it should be introduced (1611)
I don't care if it is introduced (157)



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