Some 13,000 unemployed people have stopped claiming dole in the first six months of 2012 after being called to interview by Social Welfare Staff. Some 66,000 people were called to interview in the forst 6 months of 2012 alone.
While many people are struggling on Social Welfare there is strong evidence to suggest some are moonlighting in the black economy draining scarce resources that might support those genuinely claiming dole payments.
Half the 13,000 who stopped claiming, left before attending for interview while the other half dropped off after attending an intiial interview before attending a secound round of interviews.
Will people who are doing nixers and working while they are on the Dole, be reported by the communities they live in?
Is the black economy really widespread?
Self employed people can claim a social welfare payment if their self employed earnings are under a certain threshold. Clearly their is a route to work into a sustainable self employed income without claiming illegally!
What has become of the 13,000 who dropped their claims? Did they find work? Did they emigrate?
Selfemployedsupports.ie - information for self-employed people whose incomes are reduced - provided by the Citizens Information Board
13,000 drop dole claims after order to meet welfare staff - National News - Independent.ie