Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2797)

John Brady


2797. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the estimated full-year cost of increasing the age-related jobseeker's payment rates for 18 to 25 year olds to the top rate of €203. [33684/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The estimated full year cost to pay the maximum rate of €203 per week to persons under 26 years of age on Jobseeker's Allowance is €59.9 million. This estimate includes increasing the €112.70 qualified adult rate to €134.70 per week.

Young jobseekers who participate in an education, training or employment programme currently qualify for the maximum weekly rate of payment. Age-related reduced rates of payment also do not apply in certain circumstances, such as when the claimant has a dependent child, or has transferred to Jobseeker's Allowance from Disability Allowance, or was in State care during the 12 months prior to applying for Jobseeker's Allowance.

It should be noted that any change to the reduced rates of Jobseeker's Allowance would need to be considered in a budgetary context.