Senator Zappone is encouraging qualified families in her community to consider applying for Back to Work Dividends.
"Tallaght parents returning to work should urgently consider applying for a new back to work dividends scheme which could significantly improve their household budget", says Senator Zappone.
The Independent Senator is urging families to check if they are entitled to payments and if they are to apply as soon as possible to ensure prompt payments in April.
The scheme is targeted at both lone parents and long-term unemployed who are returning to work and is worth an extra €4,600 over two years for a family with two children.
Senator Zappone added:
“While there has been some good news with new investments and jobs in our communities ahead of Christmas it is clear there is still a lot more needed to help families who are caught in long term unemployment.
The Back to Work Dividends Scheme is a practical measure which will boost household budgets from April when payments commence – however the important message to get out now is that those who apply early can receive back-payments.
Under the scheme families where parents are returning to work can retain the qualified child increase element of their jobseekers allowance (€29.80 a week for each child, up to four children) during their first year of work and half the payment for their second year.
This means that over the two years, a family with one child will receive additional support of €2,324 to supplement wages. A family with two children will receive €4,649, those with three children will get €6,973, while those with four or more will get €9,298.
For many families and lone parents in Tallaght and surrounding communities this payment could ensure that returning to employment or even the prospect of starting their own small business is worthwhile.
I urge all local families hit by long term unemployment to take a little time now to examine the details of the scheme to see if it can help them. If you qualify then the sooner you get your application in the better.
Ensuring work in our communities is a constant challenge and is one I will be asking the Government to meet for Tallaght in the year ahead. There has been progress but there can be no complacency, we need to ensure the numbers we saw returning to work in 2014 are not only maintained but increased.”