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Tackling poverty in the nineties: policies for the unemployed, children, women and disadvantaged communities: submission to the Minister for Social Welfare on the 1991 Budget and to the Government and the Social Partners on a National Programme for Economic and Social Development
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|Title: ||Tackling poverty in the nineties: policies for the unemployed, children, women and disadvantaged communities: submission to the Minister for Social Welfare on the 1991 Budget and to the Government and the Social Partners on a National Programme for Economic and Social Development|
|Publisher: ||Combat Poverty Agency (CPA)|
|Issue Date: ||1992 |
|Description: ||Establish a Task Force for Job Creation involving the Government and
the Social Partners. This should be part of the review mechanism of any
new economic and social development programme.
• Draw-up and implement a comprehensive programme of measures to
assist the long-term unemployed back to work, with clear targets for
reducing the rate of long-term unemployment.
• Increase social welfare rates to the minimum level recommended by the
Commission on Social Welfare - between £60 and £69 per week for an
individual with pro-rata increases for a couple - within a maximum of
• Increase Child Benefit to £10 per week for all children. For children of
social welfare recipients, include Child Benefit payments as one element
of a uniform payment structure, with a standard payment of £16 per
week for children under 12 and £20 for older children.
• Provide adequate independent payments for separated spouses, adult
dependants of welfare recipients and carers of elderly and ill persons
including recipients of Disabled Persons Maintenance Allowance. Move
away from the concept of dependency and towards a system of
individual entitlements for all.
• Implement measures to ensure comprehensive social insurance
coverage of the population. Retain social insurance as the key element
of the social welfare system, with a unified assistance scheme playing a
residual role .
• Reduce the tax burden of those on the lowest incomes, with further
increases in the general exemption limits and increased additional
exemptions for those with children.
• Increase Government funding for community development projects to
£4 million per annum to ensure adequate funding for existing
community development resource centres and to develop new
in disadvantaged areas. This funding should be
Combat Poverty Agency in consultation with the
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