Thursday, 11 July 2019
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Community Employment Schemes Review
906. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she has considered a review of the role of community employment scheme participants between labour activation and social inclusion benefits; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30954/19]
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 with relevant Stakeholders and their submissions are being considered as part of the deliberation process. I expect to have a final report shortly.