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INOU Pre-Budget 2020 Summary

Finding a job is a job in itself, and like others jobs, most people need support to be able to do it well; and in particular to secure a decent and sustainable job, a challenge which Brexit will exacerbate.

A Budget for Unemployed People

The theme of this year’s National Economic Dialogue was ‘Building on Progress at a Time of Change’ and as we prepare for Budget 2020 it will be important to ensure that people who are unemployed experience improvements in their lives and ways to address the uncertainty facing the country.  

The Labour Force Survey for Quarter 2, 2019 highlighted the on-going improvement in Ireland’s headline employment and unemployment figures. However, this move in the right direction can be cold comfort to people who become unemployed; who remain unemployed; who find it difficult to find a job because of their age, address, ethnicity, family status, disability, and / or skills set. Finding a job is a job in itself, and like others jobs, most people need support to be able to do it well; and in particular to secure a decent and sustainable job, a challenge which Brexit will exacerbate.

 The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) 2020 Pre-Budget Submission covers the following issues:

-          Adequate Income

-          Supportive Employment Services

-          Activation Programmes

-          Access to Decent Employment

-          Education and Training

-          Community Based Organisations

 Under these headings the INOU is calling on the Government to:

-          Benchmark all Social Welfare rates at a level which is sufficient to both lift people above the poverty line and provide them with a Minimum Essential Standard of Living.

-          To make progress on this issue, increase Social Welfare rates by €6; and adjust related supports so that people do not lose this increase through, for example, an increase in their differential rent.

-          Introduce a work-friendly Social Welfare system for Jobseekers reflective of changing work practices, based on hours worked rather than days worked, with a re-designed earnings disregard to support jobseekers returning to / taking up employment.

-          Build on the welcome Working Family Payment information campaign and promote the full range of Back to Work supports e.g. the Part-time Job Incentive Scheme; SWA Payment Pending Wages; Enterprise and Education Allowances; Family Dividend.

-          Open up access to employment programmes for unemployed people signing on for credits.

-          Increase the top-up payment on employment programmes by €7.50 to better support participants costs of engagement.

-          Plan for the full impact of Brexit on the labour market and ensure unemployed people and vulnerable workers gain access to decent employment. 

-          Increase the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance to three years, and pay 50% of the participant’s social welfare payment in the third year.

-          Acknowledge the cost of participation in education and training and support adult learners to meet these costs to facilitate their participation.

-          Resource the development and maintenance of independent community based organisations and their work with people experiencing social and economic exclusion.

 

Please click here to read the full Pre-Budget Submission https://www.inou.ie/download/pdf/inou_pre-budget_submission_2020.pdf