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Budget is of little good to young people - Cllr Carney Boud

14 October, 2015 - by Cathleen Carney Boud

Sinn Féin Councillor for Dublin North West, Cathleen Carney Boud has hit back at the government following its budget announcement yesterday stating that little has been done to help young people struggling with unemployment. 

Reacting to the budget Cllr Carney Boud said: 

"Youth unemployment and underemployment is a problem in my constituency as well as across the country. I meet young people who spend a long time unemployed because they cannot find a suitable paid job. According to the OECD, Ireland a very wealthy country, however this wealth is distributed unequally and this has a massive impact on young people who struggle to find employment as rents soar. 

"While we welcome an increase in the minimum wage, it simply does not go far enough. In our alternative budget we propose raising the minimum wage by a €1 and restoring Jobseekers Allowance for the under 26s to its original level of €144 per week. We also propose winding town the JobBridge scheme to stop the displacement of jobs and encourage better use of the JobsPlus scheme which involves real pay and real jobs. 

Our young people must have a future in this country."

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