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Unemployment figures spin mask consistent poverty rates – Brady

2 February, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has said that Survey on Income & Living Conditions figures released yesterday show exactly the types of “jobs” Minister Varadkar’s policies are creating.

Teachta Brady said:

“While Minister Varadkar has been patting himself on the back for reducing unemployment rates, the figures released yesterday tell a very different story.

“A common trend has been emerging for some time on what Minister Varadkar’s actual priorities are and they do not include those trapped in low paid employment or lone parents. The SILC figures are clear evidence of this.

“There are 105,051 people living in poverty in Ireland who are actually in employment. With that, there are more than 750,000 people in Ireland living on less than €230 a week.

“This is evidence of the types of jobs being created and questions the supports in place to help people find decent work for a decent wage.

“When it comes to consistent poverty, Minister Varadkar chose the part he wanted to announce and left out the rest. What the Minister failed to highlight was the glaringly obvious increase in consistent poverty among one parent families which now stands at 26.2%. This is more than three times the rates among two parent families.

“Time and time again, poverty rates after poverty rates, Minister Varadkar has failed to act in the interests of lone parents.

“Unemployment may be on the decline but the employment that is emerging is just as concerning. Minister Varadkar needs to take a break from his leadership tour and he needs to take action on the back of this report.” 

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