Advertisement

We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
Social Welfare

Tougher sanctions on way for jobseekers

The Government is looking at ways to impose tougher penalty sanctions on jobseekers who do not take advantage of all employment opportunities.

JOBSEEKERS ARE TO face tougher penalty sanctions if they do not take advantage of every employment opportunity available to them.

Under the latest Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Troika and the Irish Government, the Department of Social Protection said it is to take steps to “strengthen activation and training policies to help jobseekers get back to work”.

An evaluation is to be carried out to question if the long-term unemployed have “adequate incentives and skills” to return to the workplace.

The Government said it also wants to increase the “frequency and effectiveness” of meetings and interviews with jobseekers.

It added that sanctions will be imposed on those who do not take advantage of job search, training and employment opportunities.

Plans will be put into action once external evaluations – looking at the data and reporting systems required to enable evaluation and training policies – are complete.

More: Latest memorandum reveals more austerity ahead in Budget 2013>

Download the complete MoU>

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
176
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.