Discussion of the relative costs of working/not working should include the fact that the unemployed have higher heating costs as they are at home most of the time whereas the working couple do not need to heat their home 5 days a week in the day. Given our climate, we need our heating not just in the winter months. I have my heating on this evening (in 'flaming' June) as it is damp and miserable and I also need to get washing dry.
More social housing so we don't have to pay rent allowance to private landlords and people will be able to afford to go back to work. Tax credits for childcare will also enable people to go back to work.
Of course there have to be jobs there - otherwise it doesn't matter.
Bold. Not correct. Unemployed are not exempt from the household charge if they own a house. Nor are OAP's or the disabled (unless forced to not live in their house due to that disability).
Bin charges are mostly private sector services now.
You can also access a Community Officer if you are working. There are means thresholds that apply though.
[QUOTE=myksav;5449821]Underlined. A medical card only has value of a financial character when one is sick. Otherwise, it's a piece of plastic to the holder. It is an income source to a doctor somewhere, though.
I posted this before, my cousin has a medical card, after weekly visits to the doctor, his advice " stop reading take a break and other weekly magazines" with all the true life stories, she can't be the only one going to the doctor with symptoms that she read up on, she wouldn't go if she had to pay 50/60 euro.
I was listening to some tiresome individual on the radio the other day whining about how good those on SW have it and how the tax payer is subsiding the good life for such wasters. He said his wife "who has a very good job" might as well not be working at all,such were the amount of expenses she incurs through having to work. According to him,when the cost of childcare and transport were taken into account,his wife was effectively working for nothing.
What confuses me is why this woman continues to work for "nothing". Why not give up the job,stay at home and do her own child minding.There's also the added bonus that she would avoid the stress of commuting every day.
My son,after four years in college,graduated two years ago.Since then he has been claiming his €180 every week courtesy of the venerable and much abused tax payer. I know he would be deliriously happy if he could secure "a very good job". I'm sure there are hundreds of thousands of people like him in the country who would also jump at the chance of "a very good job".