Work and welfare scheme planned for jobseekers

A major change to the social welfare system will allow jobseekers to continue to receive full benefits and work in the private sector, provided that they also carry out community work.

15th May, 2010

A major change to the social welfare system will allow jobseekers to continue to receive full benefits and work in the private sector, provided that they also carry out community work.

Eamon O’Cuív, the Minister for Social Protection, is to roll out a new ‘hybrid’ social welfare scheme where jobseekers who do 19.5 hours community work per week will be allowed to work legitimately in the private sector.

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