34,000 on dole have never worked

34,000 on dole have never worked
For some unemployed, the dole is more enticing than a minimum-wage job. Picture: Provision

Minimum wage and the high cost of childcare mean that some families are better off on the dole'

More than 34,000 people on the dole have never held down a job, according to new figures.

Despite the recent reforms to the social welfare system, some people are still actually “better off on the dole” than working in a minimum wage job.

Figures from the Department of Social Protection show that there are currently 34,521 people receiving jobseekers allowance who have never paid PRSI – which has to be paid in any legitimate job.

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