Fianna Fáil candidate for Wicklow Cllr. Jennifer Cuffe has said that Fianna Fáil has put forward a number of measures that will help young people and will make a real and substantial difference to them starting out.
“It is important that young people are not overlooked in this election. Young people are under immense pressure and they need a break. In the last five years they have been largely ignored by Fine Gael and Labour. In Government Fianna Fáil will raise all social welfare rates by €10.00, reform JobBridge and place a four week limit on unpaid internships in order to discourage and guard against the exploitation of young workers.
“For those attending university we will freeze student fees, increase funding to the student Maintenance Grant and Student Hardship Fund and we will restore the Post-Graduate Grant Scheme to 2010 levels and criteria. We will also expand and diversify apprenticeships as we recognise that we need additional routes to a decent job that does not rely on a university education.
“In addition, Fianna Fáil will create the conditions for decent and secure jobs. We will ban zero hour contracts which do not provide any job security and impede young people from making any financial commitments, saving for the future, getting a mortgage or even signing a rental agreement. We will abolish the USC for anyone earning less than €80,000 and we will introduce a First Time Buyers Saving Scheme to help people starting out save for a deposit by providing a 25% top-up on an individual’s savings up to a maximum of €5,000.
“Fianna Fáil is the only party that will deliver for young people. We will ensure that starting out our young people are given every opportunity to have a good education, secure employment, adequate take home pay and the opportunity to own their own home. We are committed to an Ireland for all and ensuring that young people are not left behind in the economic recovery.”