Written answers

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Community Employment Schemes Review

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Limerick City, Fianna Fail)
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410. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of the interdepartmental review of community employment schemes; when the review is expected to be completed; his plans to engage with relevant stakeholders before changes are made; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30419/19]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will be aware, the Government agreed to establish an Interdepartmental Group (IDG) to explore how social inclusion schemes might best be organised into the future including which Department should hold lead responsibility for sponsoring CE schemes focused on social Inclusion, the Rural Social Scheme and the Job Initiative scheme. 

Meetings of the IDG have taken place along with bilateral meetings with appropriate Departments.  There has also been a consultative process relevant stakeholders and their submissions are being considered as part of the deliberation process.  I expect to have a final report shortly.

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