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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Employment Support Services (7 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: It is clear that the commitment is there. The real issue is what is happening to the take-up of those places by those who need them at this time. Specifically, do we need to look afresh at the waiting times for some of these schemes? There are waiting times for many people to participate in back-to-education, back-to-enterprise, start-up and other schemes. Also, we need to see whether...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Employment Support Services (7 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: One category is self-employed people, who have been very disrupted. I know there is a restart support for them, but I think we will have to look closely at those people to see whether they can survive financially and whether a second fillip can be given to that really important part of our workforce.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Employment Support Services (7 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: 6. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the level of take-up of initiatives which have been put in place to help persons get back to work given that the economy has reopened; and if gaps in the range of supports are emerging. [47853/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Employment Support Services (7 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: Everyone in the House appreciates that the economy has gone through massive change. Not only do we still have more than100,000 people in receipt of the pandemic unemployment payment, PUP, many sectors have been changed beyond recognition and will not come back to where they were. The supports for people getting back to work will be crucial. I would be interested in hearing what the take-up...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Employment Schemes (7 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: 81. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she has assessed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on persons who have been supported under the back to work enterprise programme; and if she has considered the need to evolve this programme as the economy reopens. [47854/21]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Early Childhood Care and Education (7 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: 121. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the progress in developing proposals for an agency which would drive the development of early childhood services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47857/21]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Childcare Services (7 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: 142. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if he has considered greatly expanding the role of the county childcare committees in order that they could drive the development of childcare facilities in their county. [47856/21]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Circular Economy Bill 2021: Discussion (7 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: I welcome the officials to the meeting. This is important legislation and it is the context within which all materials that do environmental damage can be considered and removed, insofar as is possible, from the supply chain. That includes fossil fuels. It is the context within which the climate challenge should be considered. It promotes designing out any negative while still enjoying the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Circular Economy Bill 2021: Discussion (7 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: While I fully understand that this is, if you like, an opening statement, it seems that what we are doing is providing legislation that will be the framework for the long term not the short term. In framing this legislation, we need to go beyond the ambition of setting a broad-based statement and pulling together groups which might engage on it. We have to look at the how and the wherefore...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Circular Economy Bill 2021: Discussion (7 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: The evidence suggests the cars we all purchase are idle 95% of the time. That results in us building substantial parking facilities under more compact living, which adds enormously to the cost of new homes. If we could move to more shared use of vehicles, we could dramatically reduce our material use in cars purchased, but also reduce our building costs and make homes cheaper. There is a...

The National Youth Justice Strategy 2021-2027 and Supporting Community Safety: Statements (6 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: It would be a good idea if we could read material into the record so that we do not lose contributions that people want to make. I have a few points. First, I welcome the human rights focus of policing strategy - the right to feel safe in your home and on your street but also the right to have a chance to progress from a very difficult start. Many of the young people we are talking about...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (6 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: I refer to the cities fund the Minister has announced in House for All. This is really important in a constituency like mine where there are 11,000 homes in the pipeline, many of which will be more than four stories tall. Will the Minister give an indication of the scale of support he plans under the scheme, the number of homes involved, the level of subsidy that is likely to be applied and...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Four-Day Working Week: Discussion (6 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: I thank the witnesses for their presentations. The idea is very attractive and would be very popular but I feel a bit like the character in "Father Ted" who asks "Where's the catch?". The key to this is finding the 20% gain in productivity in the various sectors. What is the framework for delivering that productivity gain so that wages are not affected? As others have said, very small...

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Tourism Industry (5 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: 74. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the scale of the staff shortages which affected the hospitality sector; and the measures being put in place to assist the sector. [47847/21]

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Broadcasting Sector (5 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: 60. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has met recently with the Media Commission; and when she expects its report to be finalised. [47848/21]

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (5 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: 79. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if the restart grant will be extended over the coming 12 months; and the terms applying for the remainder of 2021 and into 2022. [47534/21]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Environmental Schemes (5 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: 97. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will allow households that received shallow energy improvements under the warmer homes scheme to apply for deeper measures; and the date from which persons can lodge applications. [47550/21]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Environmental Schemes (5 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: 98. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he plans to introduce a scheme for an area wide scheme of energy improvement during the course of 2022; if areas will be selected starting with older estates in which BER values are lower; and the measures that are under consideration to encourage persons to participate. [47551/21]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Environmental Schemes (5 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: 99. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he has made any changes in the schemes of support for energy efficiency measures and solar installations by households; and the schemes which will be available during 2022. [47552/21]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (5 Oct 2021)

Richard Bruton: 156. To ask the Minister for Finance the current payment rates for the employment wage subsidy which are in payment at different pay levels; the conditions which must be met by an employer to remain in payment; and if further phased withdrawal is planned as the economy reopens. [47523/21]

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