Connaughton, Paul

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Social Welfare Bill 2014: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I am grateful for the opportunity to speak on this Bill. There are many elements of it that I welcome, particularly the increase in child benefit and the living alone allowance. Other changes pro...More Button

Job creation is a core objective of the Government, and creating the correct conditions for both employers and employees is at the heart of this.More Button

Helping jobseekers get a foothold on the employment ladder is an important element in addressing unemployment, but so too, where necessary, is upskilling and reskilling. Providing jobseekers with ...More Button

While the idea of having a case worker for every jobseeker is laudable, the current practice means that case workers are simply overwhelmed with the number of jobseekers they are dealing with, an...More Button

Studies have been conducted in recent months on the financial impediments for those returning to work. The new back-to-work family dividend is a common-sense approach to addressing this, providi...More Button

Young people seeking to access employment have experienced great difficulty in recent years, because while they have had the necessary skills for the task, the required experience was not availab...More Button

Many young school leavers are willing and anxious to work and often the lack of some crucial skills, be it health and safety permits such as Safe Pass, ECDL qualifications or food hygiene certifi...More Button

Helping families with young children through this most difficult time is a core objective of the Government and that is why the Bill contains measures increasing child benefit and the provision f...More Button

In recent weeks I have spoken to many who live alone and find it difficult to cope financially. I refer to the elderly living alone struggling to heat their homes and also younger persons on all...More Button

Overall, the measures in this Social Welfare Bill build on the Government's work to date, continuing our commitment to help those of all ages access the world of work, while at the same time seek...More Button

Single Payment Scheme Applications

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: when payment in respect of disadvantaged area payment will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button