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Jobseekers with disabilities must not get left behind – Ó Snodaigh

28 May, 2015 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social Protection, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, launched a Sinn Féin document which outlines measures to support jobseekers with disabilities which can be enacted with immediate effect.  

Deputy Ó Snodaigh launched the policy document entitled ‘A Fair Recovery for Jobseekeres with Disabilities’ today with Mary Lou McDonald TD and Senator Kathryn Reilly.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“People with a disability are more than twice as likely to be unemployed compared with the typical population. However, many people with disabilities who would love to work if given the opportunity – that is the correct supports to allow them to do that.

“People with disabilities have been consistently sidelined and unsupported when it comes to their desire to join the labour market. This has been the case since the boom times and continues to be so.

“There are a number of government schemes to support people with disabilities to get or retain employment, but these are lacking in ambition and have not been given priority. The consistent failure of the Department of Social Protection to spend the already small budgets to support jobseekers with disabilities underlines this.

“There are many thousands of jobseekers who fall between services providing supports for jobseekers through traditional routes, and those which offer limited services for those with disabilities. It is also patently unfair that the European Youth Guarantee expressly excludes young people with disabilities.

“Greater investment in employment supports for people with disabilities would actually provide significant potential savings for the Department of Social Protection. The average saving per year from a person with a disability moving into sustained employment is €10,660.

“We have outlined a series of proposals for actions that the Minister for Social Protection could come into effect immediately. We need to do all we can for people with disabilities to ensure that they have a fair recovery and that they are not left behind.”

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