Update July 2019 #Restoretheyouthsafetynet
We have just published two documents following our Joint Committee meeting on 4th July on our under 26 Jobseekers Allowance (Restore the youth safety net campaign).
The documents are:
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Homeless jobseekers under 26 still failed by the government: disappointment at failure to address consistent poverty of jobseekers under 26 who are homeless and at risk. Nominal €5 increase does not restore safetynet
Investment in funding for Social Housing, Housing Assistance Payment Scheme and Emergency Accommodation welcomed. Long awaited increase in Direct Provision Allowance also welcomed.
Crosscare, the social agency of the Dublin archdiocese, has expressed disappointment again at the continued failure of the Government to restore the full adult rate of Jobseekers Allowance for adults under 26 experiencing homelessness in Budget 2019. Jobseekers under 26 who are homeless and at risk continue to be pushed to the edge, excluding them from the economic recovery that should leave no one behind.
Conor Hickey, Crosscare CEO said: “The renewed investment in social housing, HAP and emergency accommodation is again welcomed and vital to address the ongoing housing and homeless crisis. It is alarming that the homeless crisis has increased over the past year and will continue to do so, therefore the increased investment in the provision of homeless services is undoubtedly necessary. However, the security of tenure remains to be a major problem for the people we work with, and HAP remains a short term solution for those with long term housing need.
“The increase of €5 per week on all primary social welfare payments is welcome for all those managing on a lower budget, and will help many households that Crosscare works with. It does not, however offer a fair deal for homeless jobseekers under 26 who still experience the same cost of living as other adults. It puts them at further risk and deepens the barrier to their movement out of homelessness and onto a jobpath.”
"Crosscare Youth Services were once again disappointed with the small increase of just €1.5m in the national youth-work budget for 2019. This increase will do little to address the massive cuts of 31.7% suffered by the youth sector during the recession, and with a growing youth population demands on services are continually increasing with waiting lists in many services. We would like to see quality youth-work services available to all young people in Ireland.
With most of the increase being targeted at new initiatives, Crosscare’s long established youth services are unlikely to see any noticeable increase in their funding to tackle the growing issues of youth mental health, youth unemployment, early school leaving and social exclusion."
Media Statement 22 August 2018
Crosscare will continue to provide its full homeless service provision at its six residential projects throughout the Papal visit to Dublin this week. In addition to our residential projects, our Community Cafés and Community Foodbanks will also operate as normal. Our services are actively engaging with the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive and support their Contingency Plan during the Papal Visit.
Young, homeless and unemployed: Jobseekers under 26 experiencing homelessness worst affected
Today, Crosscare is urging the Government to reverse the discriminatory cuts to Jobseeker’s Allowance for adults under 26 experiencing homelessness. Uniting at the gates of Leinster House with the National Youth Council of Ireland, the Union of Students Ireland, the Coalition to End Youth Homelessness, Spunout, Teen Parents Support Programme and Uplift, they will present a petition of over 1800 signatures supporting the call.The #RestoreTheYouthSafetynet campaign represents young adults experiencing homelessness and poverty traps in trying to survive on the lower rate Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Danielle Mc Laughlin, spokesperson for Crosscare said: “For adults under 26 experiencing homelessness and living alone, the lower Jobseeker’s Allowance makes it significantly difficult for them to achieve a sustainable living. It is particularly unfairly affecting young adults who are in homeless services and those with International Protection moving out of the Direct Provision centres to live alone. There is an unfair assumption that young jobseekers have fewer needs and costs than older jobseekers. It is discriminatory and this is resulting in them being left behind in a society that does not hear their voice.
“Crosscare calls on the government to restore the full adult rate of €198 per week for Jobseekers under 26 years old who are experiencing homelessness or have recently exited homelessness and are living independently without social supports. This would support young adults to move out of homelessness and into independent living. It will enable them to start a path towards achieving their full potential. We have an obligation to leave no one behind in our economic recovery and in our commitments under the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion.” said Ms Mc Laughlin.
Notes to editor:
The #Restoretheyouthsafetynet ran an online petition on Uplift and raised (figure) signatures. The campaign is suppported by the National Youth Council of Ireland, the Union of Students Ireland, the Coalition to End Youth Homelessness, Spunout and Teen Parents Support Programme. Two animated videos were produced to promote the campaign and are on the petition page: https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/restoretheyouthsafetynet
Crosscare is the Social Support Agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin and provides a range of social care, community and youth work services across the Dublin Archdiocese. Established in 1941, it continues to play a significant role in the provision of services to people affected by poverty in the Dublin area. It currently employs over 500 staff with over 1,500 of volunteers in locations throughout the greater Dublin area and Wicklow.
Holy Cross College,
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Danielle Mc Laughlin - Policy Officer
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