Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Department of Social Protection
Noel Harrington (Cork South West, Fine Gael)
Question 317: To ask the Minister for Social Protection if she will appoint a senior officer from her Department to negotiate a resolution of a recurring issue between an organisation (details supplied) and the Revenue Commissioners; if she will confirm that an operational grant will be paid to the same organisation for the years 2012 and 2013; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9679/12]
Joan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
It was my understanding that the matters raised in correspondence received from the Deputy in regard to Lehanmore Community Co-operative Society had been resolved and that a solution acceptable to the management board had been agreed and sanctioned in the latter months of 2010.
Under the Community Service Programme (CSP), a three year contract is in place until 31 December 2013. Under the terms of the contract, operational funding of €4,000 annually has been awarded to Lehanmore Community Co-operative Society. CSP funding is primarily intended to fund wages however, operational funding is only awarded on an exceptional, hardship basis to relatively few grantees. CSP funding is expressed as a fixed annual contribution towards the costs of employing full time equivalent workers and in many cases a manager. In general, contract holders are responsible for generating sufficient income from trading and other sources to cover all their costs and financial requirements including working capital/cash flow between grant instalments, to supplement wages, to build financial reserves, and to meet other contingencies.