Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Community Employment Schemes Supervisors
158. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when a meeting will be scheduled in view of the fact that a chairperson has been appointed to the high-level community and voluntary forum and it has not met since April 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2104/17]
The issue of pension entitlements for Community Employment Scheme Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors was the subject of a Labour Court recommendation in 2008. The position is that although the employing bodies concerned are mainly funded by public expenditure programmes, the State does not have any role as an employer in this sector and the employees of such bodies are not public servants.
This matter together with other related issues is the subject of discussion at the Community Sector High Level Forum (or Working Group) (previously the Informal Forum) which was convened to examine certain issues pertaining to the Community Employment sector. The forum met on 27 November 2015 and on 11 April 2016. The forum now has a new Chair and it is intended to reconvene the forum in the first quarter of 2017.