Age-related reduced rates for people on Jobseekers Allowance were introduced in 2009 in line with other jurisdictions, to address the issue of high youth unemployment. Young jobseekers who take part in employment, education and training programmes receive a higher rate of payment.
There are a number of circumstances where reduced rates do not apply including if a young person is in receipt of State housing supports in their own right, such as rent supplement or the housing assistance payment (HAP). This measure helps young jobseekers in receipt of the specified State housing supports to continue living independently and to maintain their tenancy arrangements.
The needs of young people who are homeless are managed on a case by case basis. The Community Welfare Service supports young people in these circumstances, through its engagement with Tusla, the HSE and non-Government organisations, and provides support under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme. Supports can include exceptional needs payments or weekly supplements, depending on the individual circumstances involved.
There are no plans at this point to change the existing payment arrangements for young people.
I trust that this clarifies my position for the Deputy.