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I don't think so - there is a scale of benefits according to where you live and the number of children you have. That's why so many european migrants headed for ROI - their minimum wage and benefits were the highest in the Eurozone.

Remember too that working adults pay for their health insurance privately. A visit to the GP costs about 50euros and many come over the border to NI to get their prescriptions filled cheaper - providing they are for generic medication.

I did a quick research, and apparently Housing Benefits there is calculated on a case by case bases, and it will be only a supplement, means tested, in case the unemployment benefit is not enough to pay the rent. So, in a way, that unemployment benefit may include housing benefit.

Another thing, unemployment benefit there has bands, linked to the person's former salary level and social insurance contribution. So, those numbers we saw before may have been top rates, for top contributors.

No info here on time-limit either. I remember reading some time ago that the UK is one of the few countries in the world that does not time-limit unemployment benefit. In other countries it is a good but temporary help. Here it is a low but permanent help.

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I did a quick research, and apparently Housing Benefits there is calculated on a case by case bases, and it will be only a supplement, means tested, in case the unemployment benefit is not enough to pay the rent. So, in a way, that unemployment benefit may include housing benefit.

Another thing, unemployment benefit there has bands, linked to the person's former salary level and social insurance contribution. So, those numbers we saw before may have been top rates, for top contributors.

No info here on time-limit either. I remember reading some time ago that the UK is one of the few countries in the world that does not time-limit unemployment benefit. In other countries it is a good but temporary help. Here it is a low but permanent help..

In the UK. unemployment benefit (contributory JSA) is time limited to a paltry 6 months. You then go onto means tested JSA. The equivalent menas tested benefit (without time limit) in Ireland seems to be called Supplementary Welfare Allowance http://www.citizensinformation.ie/categories/social-welfare/social-welfare-payments/supplementary-welfare-schemes/supplementary_welfare_allow, which again pays out at the rate of c. €200 for a single person or €330 for a couple, whereas in the UK it's £60 for a single person and £100 for a couple. So even if you were on one of the lower bands of unemplyment benefit in Ireland it would still be topped up to these levels if you had no other income. It seems you then get your rent paid for you on top through Rent Supplement http://www.citizensinformation.ie/categories/social-welfare/social-welfare-payments/supplementary-welfare-schemes/rent_supplement, but have to pay the first €24 per week yourself.

There was a useful chart somewhere recently comparing the levels of unemployment benefits across the EU, does anyone know where to find it?

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The UK has some of the lowest levels onf benefits and pensions in the western world. God knows what some of the 'race to be first to the bottom' cheerleaders on here would say if they were in a country where the government didn't regard unemployment and being old as a criminal offence.

The problem isn't the headline amounts of benefits - it's the fact that there are so many different types of benefit which the enterprising dole scrounger can claim and seemingly little determination to stop the practice.

No-one is going to live a comfortable life on £60 a week but if you are a family you can get a decent house, transport and plenty of other benefits on top (cash for clothing, furniture etc.) without working a day in your life if you are prepared to play the system to the utmost extent.

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The problem isn't the headline amounts of benefits - it's the fact that there are so many different types of benefit which the enterprising dole scrounger can claim and seemingly little determination to stop the practice.

No-one is going to live a comfortable life on £60 a week but if you are a family you can get a decent house, transport and plenty of other benefits on top (cash for clothing, furniture etc.) without working a day in your life if you are prepared to play the system to the utmost extent.

What are the benefits for transport, clothing and furniture? Are they in the form of a loan?

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Remember too that working adults pay for their health insurance privately.  

Some do. Some get it paid by their employer. Some (like me), just don't have it.

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The UK has some of the lowest levels onf benefits and pensions in the western world. God knows what some of the 'race to be first to the bottom' cheerleaders on here would say if they were in a country where the government didn't regard  unemployment and being old as a criminal offence.

Link please. Are you including tax credits and housing benefit?

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