Cuts for unemployed not actively seeking work doubled since last year

The government is getting tougher on job seekers who are not ready and available for work.

Cuts for unemployed not actively seeking work doubled since last year

The government is getting tougher on job seekers who are not ready and available for work.

The Minister for Social Protection said penalties levied against those on the benefit for not making sufficient efforts in relation to employment have doubled since this time last year.

Joan Burton said her department have stopped or cut jobseekers benefit of over 1,400 recipients because they failed to make themselves work-ready.

The Minister said procedures are in place to make sure people comply.

In our new system, you do get a payment if you're entitled to it," she said.

"But then we actually follow you up."

"If you don't engage, we cut you off totally. And if you do show up, but your engagement is anything less than whole-hearted, we have the legal power to reduce your payment by up to €44 a week."

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