New Reforms


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  • Recovery of social welfare payments – The value of certain social welfare payments will be recovered by the Department from insurance companies in respect of compensation awards arising from an accident or injury. Savings of €21 million will be made from this reform measure.
  • Supports to help people to get back to work
    • Spending on schemes such as Community Employment, Tús and JobBridge, will increase by almost €85 million on projected expenditure this year. Spending in this area in 2014 is estimated to be €1.08 billion.
    • In order to tackle youth unemployment, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection will enhance the opportunities on offer to young people as part of the implementation of the EU Youth Guarantee which is to be finalised and submitted to the EU by the end of the year, including:
      • Reduce the threshold for JobsPlus eligibility to 6 months or less for people aged under 25 years.
      • Provide for an additional intake of 1,500 young people on to the very successful JobBridge scheme.
      • Ensure that 1,000 places on the Department's Tús scheme are targeted at young people.
      • Develop a pilot programme to support young unemployed people to take up opportunities under schemes such as Your First EURES Job.
      • A minimum of 2,000 additional training places on Momentum will be ring-fenced for under-25s by the Department of Education and Skills.
  • Breakfast Clubs – provision of extra Breakfast Clubs to support school-going children in disadvantaged areas.
  • Intreo, the Department's one stop shop for employment services and supports for jobseekers and employers – The Department has received an increased capital allocation of €15 million which will ensure the full roll-out of Intreo Centres in 2014.
  • Fraud and control – additional savings of €30 million will be realised in fraud and control measures during 2014.
Last modified:15/10/2013