The party have issued figures showing that the amount of applications refused has risen from 54% in 2010 to 61% for 2011.
And he says he doesn’t understand why the refusals keep rising: “In so far as people being turned down are concerned, there’s no change in criteria.
“Well if there’s no change in the critieria since this government took office, then it is absolutely extraordinary that many more people are being turned down for disability allowance.
It is the first time that people seeking jobseekers payments will have to undergo such a process.
Previously it was a matter of supplying basic personal details such as name, age and PPS number to get a payment.
Under the “social contract”, they will have to co-operate with social welfare staff to develop a “Personal Progression Plan” to help them secure training or employment.
They will also have to attend all scheduled meetings and provide all the requested information about their job history and education level.
The new system for helping unemployed people is designed to improve the training and job opportunities available to them. Rather than being left to drift into long term unemployment, they will be expected under their contract to engage with social welfare staff to improve their chances of getting a job.
It is due to be rolled out in all social welfare offices by 2014.
Maybe this is just another way to message the figures .
It also raises the question of how legal is a one sided contract?
Troika will warn that “Croke Park is not working” when they conclude their eighth review of the bailout agreement, scheduled to begin next week.
Such is the level of unhappiness within the Troika over the chaotic state of the Department’s finances that speculation was rife at the heart of Government that Minister for Health James Reilly would be personally cross-examined by the Troika.
Such a development would represent the first time a front-line minister from the three big spending ministries of Social Protection, Education and Health would directly meet the Troika.
Though a spokesperson from the Department of Health said they were “not aware” of any such meeting, the Sunday Independent was told by senior figures close to Government that the Troika has become unhappy over the “peculiar” Irish situation where they only meet Ministers Howlin or Noonan, while other ministers are “corralled” away from the grouping.
In other bailout countries, the Troika meets ministers from all departments, but, in what was described by one source as “another example of the micro-management where Gilmore, Kenny, Noonan, Howlin and their Economic Management Council have to control everything” there has been “deliberate civil service and political resistance over letting Reilly, Quinn and Burton near the troika”.
However senior political sources told the Sunday Independent that the Troika has become increasingly impatient with the scenario where instead “of meeting ministers, they are being fobbed off by Father Sean [Healy] Richard Boyd Barrett , Sinn Fein and various others.”
One senior source claimed the Troika has been “spooked by Reilly. They’re starting to believe they are being given the run-around.
“Reilly is the sacrificial lamb, the boldest boy in class but they’re equally concerned at the hollowness in the centre of Government, a perceived lack of leadership.”
The Sunday Independent has also learnt that within the Government “from the Taoiseach down there is more nervousness about this Troika visit than any other one”