Responding to the publication of ‘Pathways to Work’ Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh said “Pathways to Poverty” would be a more apt title because the government is not creating jobs for the unemployed to move into.
He said “There are hundreds of thousands of people desperate to get off our dole queues and find work. This document offers them very little hope and instead threatens to cut their meagre incomes. Much of today’s announcement is a rehash of provisions put in place by the previous government and objected to at the time by the Labour Party.
“And, without any new training places, new investment in education or new jobs, the plan is no better than waffle. It is aimed at building up the hopes of those languishing on dole queues only to dash them when they can’t deliver.
“There are a couple of very big elephants in the room today. No.1 there is no work - the European Commission's Vacancy Monitor shows that there are currently 50 jobseekers for every single vacancy in this state, No. 2 there are no additional resources being allocated for the activation supports, profiling etc. and No. 3 the Minister is cutting a further €1 billion from her Department’s Budget by the end of 2014 over and above those cuts announced in the Budget just passed.
“Just like the Budget the emphasis of today’s announcement is on punishing the unemployed. Rather than ‘Pathways to Work’ I think ‘Pathways to Poverty’ would be a more apt title.” ENDS