Live Register numbers increase in Ballbriggan and Swords “worrying” – O’ Reilly
Responding to the release of the CSO Live Register figures for July, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal has said that the increase in the numbers on the Live Register in Balbriggan and Swords is “worrying”. She also highlighted the worrying increase in women on the Live register and called on the Minister for Social Protection to take action.
Deputy O’Reilly said:
“The release of the Live Register figures today show that there are 128 extra people on the live register in Balbriggan (+10) and Swords (+118) in the last month. While these figures are only small, the increase is worrying.
“What is most worrying about the figures in both Balbriggan and Swords is the trend for more women to sign on to the Live Register, while the numbers of men on the live register in both offices is decreasing. In Balbriggan, there are an extra 59 women on the live register and in Swords, there are an extra 126.
“It is becoming clear that so-called labour market activation measures in the past have disadvantaged women. This has been the focus of media attention most recently in the case of Erica Fleming, who, because of changes to lone parent’s payments by Joan Burton is now no longer eligible for Back to Education Allowance and may miss a place in college. This is something that needs to be reviewed urgently and I am calling on the Minister to take note of these worrying trends and to take action as a matter of priority.
“Any recovery taking place in Ireland must be inclusive and equal and neither women nor lone parents should be left behind. The welfare system must take account of this.”