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Youth unemployment figures show recovery not being felt by all – Mitchell

6 October, 2016 - by Denise Mitchell TD


Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Bay North Denise Mitchell has commented on a recent OECD report, ‘Society at a Glance 2016’, which shows that Ireland has the highest rate of 15-25 years on benefits in the OECD, saying  that this demonstrates again that the so called economic recovery is far from being experienced by all in society.

Deputy Mitchell stated:

“This clearly highlights that any lift that is present in the economy is certainly very far from having an effect on the youth of this country. This is among the group who are also experiencing the highest rise in homelessness, and are still faced with previous cuts in their social welfare payments.

“It was also stated by the OECD that unless there was more done to improve opportunities in education and training there was a risk of a growing divided society. 

“The report further said that Ireland had the second largest drop in household disposable income between 2007-2013. With this, it also detailed that women were vulnerable to unemployment due to the high cost of childcare being a ‘major barrier to employment’ in this Ireland

“More needs to be done in regard to education, training and quality employment for the under-26’s. Sinn Féin have called for an increase in the Back to Education Allowance in our Alternative Budget 2017 document, as well as an increase in Jobseekers Allowance for Under-26’s.”  

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