Saturday, 1 September 2012

Brussels seeks Dole cuts to long-term unemployed

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION has said it “regrets” the fact that a draft edition of its next report on Ireland’s bailout progress – which reportedly calls for a clampdown on the issue of medical cards, and on dole payments for the long-term unemployed – has been leaked.
A draft version of the Commission’s seventh formal quarterly update on Ireland’s progress under its EU-IMF bailout was circulated to TDs yesterday, with details appearing in many of today’s newspapers.
A final version of the report was not likely to be officially published for about two weeks.
The document – which has now been published by – references the fact that social welfare payments for the unemployed do not reflect the length of time for which that person has been out of work.

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