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Too old to be counted? – Tóibín

12 February, 2015

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín today criticised the Government for excluding 7,550 unemployed persons aged 65 or over in receipt of a jobseekers payment or credit from the live register figures. 

The Sinn Féin Jobs Spokesperson said:

“It will come as news to many people that there are 7,550 people aged 65 or over who are unemployed, not in receipt of a state pension but are excluded from the live register figures.

“This is a significant figure. To put it into context these jobseekers make up 12% of the net new jobs created by this government over the last 4 years.

“There are currently 2,373 people aged 65 or over in receipt of jobseekers allowance, 2,365 on jobseekers benefit and a further 2,812 with a jobseekers benefit credit only, increasing the numbers on the live register to 367,750.

“The exclusion of those who are unemployed and aged 65 or over is wrong on two fronts. 

“Massaging the live register figures is not helpful to those tasked with developing the necessary policies to address the state’s high rate of unemployment, and excluding this particular age group of citizens tells them they are just too old to be counted. 

“Fine Gael and Labour have increased the working life of citizens yet it appears they are not really interested in the outworking of this decision.” 

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