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  • We are extremely disappointed that the Government have not restored the full adult rate of €188 for young jobseekers under 26 who participate in initiatives such as the Back to Education Scheme, SOLAS funded training and JobBridge.

    Such a step would have helped to provide more support to young people moving into education, training and work experience and ensured young jobseekers were treated the same, regardless of age. We are also concerned that there is no provision of additional funding to implement the Youth Guarantee in 2015.

  • Summary of Recommendations

    In this submission NYCI outlines what we believe should be Government priorities for action and spending in Budget 2015;


    1. Defending Youth Work Services
    Maintain Youth Work Funding at current levels.

    2. Providing supports for most disadvantaged young jobseekers
    Establish an innovation fund within the Youth Guarantee scheme to support initiatives by youth work sector to address needs of long-term unemployed jobseekers.

    3. Incentivise education, training and work for young jobseekers
    Restore the adult rate of €188 to all young jobseekers who are participating in education, training and work experience opportunities.

    4. Tackling Alcohol Related Harm
    Introduce a 1.5% social responsibility levy on drinks manufacturers to generate funds to replace the sponsorship of large sporting events by the drinks industry.

    5. Reducing Child Poverty
    Increase the adult social welfare rates in line with the rising cost of living and maintain Child Benefit rates at the current level.

  •  The voluntary youth sector will have many challenges to face inthe next three years as they
    continue to change lives and communities for the better. The National Youth Council of Ireland has a crucial role to play in representing and strengthening the sector throughout this difficult period and will work to achieve our Vision and Mission in conjunction with our partners through the implementation of ‘Rising to the Challenge, Delivering Outcomes’
  • A new poll Red C poll commissioned by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has found that 30% of young people aged 18-25 were not registered to vote in advance of the recent local and European elections. The problem is most acute among the 18-21 age group with up to 43% of this cohort not registered. On a more positive note, the poll found that 54% of those who were on the electoral register did vote in May. Young voters were also asked about who they voted for in the local and European elections and the results are outlined below.

  • In light of our decision to support a yes vote in the Children's Referendum, NYCI supports the inclusion of the key principles of ‘best interest’ and ‘voice of the child’ which are now reflected in the Children and Family Relationships Bill.

  • Request for submissions to inform the development of a National
    Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development in Ireland
    Submission from the National Youth Council of Ireland

  • At a time of high youth unemployment and high levels of youth emigration from Ireland, Budget 2014 has delivered another devastating budget for young people. The budgetary measures announced in Budget 2014 are regressive, draconian and grossly inequitable. They target young people and will result in further austerity and hardship for young jobseekers, particularly the most marginisalised and disadvantaged young people.
     

  • In this submission, NYCI outlines what it believes to be priorities for Government action and spending in the areas of:
    1. Defending Youth Work Services
    2. Providing supports for most disadvantaged young jobseekers
    3. Reducing Child Poverty
    4. Tackling Alcohol Related Harm
    5. Emigration

     

    Download Pre-Budget Submission (pdf) here:

  • The Irish Presidency managed to secure the commitment of all member states to the Youth Guarantee. It will give young people under the age of 25 the chance of training or a new job within four months of their becoming unemployed.

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