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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Cost of Living Issues (17 May 2022)

Paul Murphy: I will give the Minister some other statistics from the same report. After paying their rent, one in two people living in local authority housing is at risk of poverty. It is even worse for those reliant on HAP or rental accommodation scheme, RAS, of whom 59% are at risk of poverty after paying their rent. More than one in ten of the population is living in enforced deprivation. Almost...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Cost of Living Issues (17 May 2022)

Heather Humphreys: The Government has taken significant action which I have already listed. It includes a lump sum of €125 and a further lump sum payment of €100 this week; a €200 energy credit; excise reductions on fuel; public transport fare reductions of 20%; and the retention of lower VAT levels in the hospitality sector. On top of that, we introduced the largest social welfare...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Employment Schemes (17 May 2022)

Employment Schemes

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Employment Schemes (17 May 2022)

Claire Kerrane: 76. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will outline plans regarding redundancy provision for local employment service, LES, and job club staff who lose employment as a result of the ongoing tender process; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24492/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Employment Schemes (17 May 2022)

Claire Kerrane: What are the Minister's plans to provide for the staff in local employment services and job clubs who will, in some instances, lose their jobs in the weeks and months ahead? Will redundancy payments be provided?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Employment Schemes (17 May 2022)

Heather Humphreys: My Department has been designing a new model of externally provided public employment services since 2019. This is required to comply with the legal obligation to ensure such services are procured through a competitive process. For almost three and half years, extensive consultation with existing providers and representative bodies, including the Irish Local Development Network and trade...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social Welfare Payments (17 May 2022)

Claire Kerrane: The figures speak for themselves. In 2020, the consistent poverty rate for those aged over 65 was 1%. It is now 2.5%. Deprivation and at risk of poverty have increased. For those unable to work - I presume many of them are people with disabilities - deprivation is up to 39.6% and consistent poverty is at 19.2%. All those rates are up. There are no improvements or reductions. That is...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social Welfare Payments (17 May 2022)

Heather Humphreys: We have to acknowledge there are a number of different measures in the survey. Two of them have increased but everything else has reduced, whether it is consistent poverty, at risk of poverty, deprivation rates or social transfers. As I mentioned, Covid-19 income supports reduced the risk of poverty from 19.9% to 11.6%. Consistent poverty for children reduced from 7.2% to 5.2%, while...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions (17 May 2022)

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Live Register (17 May 2022)

Live Register

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Live Register (17 May 2022)

Fergus O'Dowd: 74. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when she expects the live register figures to fall below the pre-pandemic level; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24441/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Live Register (17 May 2022)

Fergus O'Dowd: More than a year ago, the live register increased by in excess of 1 million due to the Covid pandemic. When does the Minister expect the live register to fall below its pre-pandemic level?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Live Register (17 May 2022)

Heather Humphreys: I thank the Deputy for raising this matter. Prior to the onset of Covid-19 in March 2020, the labour market was performing strongly and the live register, which measures people claiming standard jobseeker's payments, stood at just over 183,000. By May 2020, this number had increased to just under 226,000. At its peak, the combined total of people in receipt of jobseeker's payments or...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Live Register (17 May 2022)

Fergus O'Dowd: The figures speak for themselves. They show a clear reopening of our economy and significant growth in employment. Indeed, the European Union is predicting our gross domestic product will rise by 5.4% this year, which is the second highest in Europe. Does the Minister agree that Government policies are working? The figures are accurate. In fact, a record 2.5 million people are now in...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Live Register (17 May 2022)

Heather Humphreys: It is very clear the intervention we took during Covid worked. The economy was able to bounce back and businesses got back again. The EWSS was particularly successful in keeping employees linked to their employers so when the Covid restrictions lifted they were ready to go. The PUP was absolutely essential. It is encouraging to see many, if not all, the people on the PUP are back at work....

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Live Register (17 May 2022)

Fergus O'Dowd: I again welcome the Minister's comments and the facts she has given us. This is not necessarily her responsibility, but the question that arises is that of our skills shortage in the economy. We need specific skills that cannot be met by the European Union. We ought to consider increasing the capacity of our economy to bring people in from outside the European Union who can meet those...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Live Register (17 May 2022)

Alan Dillon: I welcome the Minister's latest update on the live register figures, which shows a far more positive outlook as unemployment rates continue to fall. I will raise the issue of the continuing challenges faced by our hospitality and tourism sector that is struggling to fill significant numbers of vacancies ahead of the tourism season. Long delays in getting work permits and personal public...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Live Register (17 May 2022)

Heather Humphreys: We have increased resources in the area of PPS numbers. There is huge demand at present, which the Deputy will appreciate, since we have just issued almost 32,000 PPS numbers to Ukrainians who are coming to this country. We have increased the resources in that area. Deputy O'Dowd talked about skills shortages. I was at the Vintners' Federation of Ireland, VFI, conference last week. We...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social Welfare Schemes (17 May 2022)

Gary Gannon: It is important to recognise from the beginning that while I appreciate that the minimum basic income for the arts is the responsibility of the Minister, Deputy Catherine Martin, this is a Government initiative and there is crossover, so I will address them both together. There is genuine concern that the scheme will not be worth the energy or the time required if it means that disabled...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social Welfare Schemes (17 May 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: The Deputy's time is up.

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