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Budget 2014: Government gives young people just one guarantee – emigration

15 October, 2013

Sinn Féin Youth Affairs spokesperson Senator Kathryn Reilly has said that “budget 2014 gives young people just one guarantee – emigration.”  Her comments come following the announcement of a paltry €14m for the Youth Guarantee scheme and the dramatic cuts to Job Seekers payments for the 22 to 25 year olds.

Senator Reilly said:

“Budget 2014 is bad news for young unemployed people. Despite promising to provide a youth guarantee for the 53,800 young people officially unemployed the Government has slashed their job seekers payments.

“Young people aged 21 to 24 will lose almost 33% of their weekly payment while 25 year olds will lose 25% of their payment.

“Today the Government have broken their promise not to cut core social welfare payments.

“To add insult to injury the much talked about Youth Guarantee scheme is been given a paltry €14 million. This is just 4% of what is required according to best practice across the EU.

“Budget 2014 gives young people just one guarantee – emigration.

“It is clear that Fine Gael and Labour are not serious about tackling youth unemployment. They don’t want young people to stay and build a future here in Ireland. They want young people to leave.

“Since Fine Gael and Labour took office the number of young people out of work has fallen by more than 20,000. Many of these young people have left Ireland in search of work and a better future.

“Budget 2014 will force many thousands more abroad. Those that remain will be pushed further into financial hardship and poverty.” ENDS


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