While there is an increase to the weekly rate of Jobseekers Allowance, a policy of age discrimination continues.

Young people aged between 18 and 24 will see an increase of €2.70, bringing the weekly payment to €102.70, while 25 year olds will receive an increase of €3.80 from €144 to €147.80.

Why, as our economy recovers are young jobseekers still facing discrimination on the basis of age?

Rather than nominal increases, all of our citizens seeking work deserve the standard Jobseekers Allowance rate of €188.

Instead, young jobseekers will continue the struggle to make ends meet, with insufficient supports for living expenses, and little support for seeking work.

If Government place such little value on young jobseekers, what message does that send to employers and to the private sector?

Young people under 26 should be entitled to an equal payment of Jobseekers Allowance.