Work needs to pay
Poverty and unemployment traps can often make it difficult for people to make work pay. Given the inflexible nature of the social welfare system, people are prevented from entering the labour market or indeed increasing their hours of work.
Fianna Fáil will address poverty and unemployment traps by reforming the social welfare system to make it more responsive and flexible to peoples’ needs and to ensure that work is a more attractive option than welfare.
Fianna Fáil’s plan to make work pay
Sliding scale for payments
Introduce a sliding scale for payments so people do not find themselves better off out of work than in work.
Revise the Three Day Rule
Explore revising the Three Day Rule for the payment of Jobseeker’s Benefit.
Working Family Payment Qualification
Review and revise the 38 hour threshold for Working Family Payment qualification, with a particular focus on lone parent households in recognition that they are parenting alone.
It’s too bureaucratic
Address the bureaucratic nature of applying for social welfare payments, simplifying the process and making it more transparent.
One Parent Family Payment
Reform the One Parent Family Payment.