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Burton: Unemployed who work over Christmas "should not have any concerns"

Those who are unemployed are able to work or attend a training course for up to eight weeks without it impacting on their various allowances.

THOSE WHO ARE unemployed should not be put off taking temporary jobs over the Christmas period, the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD, has said.

“Improvements” in the department now meant that any unemployed person could work or attend a training course of up to eight weeks and still have their payments “reinstated without delay”.

Those wishing to avail of this need to contact their local social welfare office both before and after their period of work or training.

Burton said:

The period between now and Christmas is a very busy one for many employers and they may need to take on extra staff for a short time. Jobseekers who take on temporary work of up to eight weeks will not lose out on any secondary benefits when they resume claiming their jobseeker’s payment after temporary work.

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