Written answers

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Tús Programme

Photo of Martin HeydonMartin Heydon (Kildare South, Fine Gael)
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260. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans for the Tús programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41507/19]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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Tús commenced operation in 2011 as a response to the high level of unemployment and the large numbers on the Live Register. It is a community work placement initiative which aims to provide short-term work opportunities for those who are unemployed for more than a year.

It is recognised by Government that Tús is a positive initiative that enables the long-term unemployed to make a contribution to their communities whilst upskilling themselves for prospective future employment.

Tús provides work placements for a twelve month period for those who are on the Live Register for a year or more. This initiative helps to break the cycle of long-term unemployment by providing participants with a work routine and valuable work experience.

The Department continues to review all aspects of its activation programmes to ensure the best outcomes for participants and communities, mindful of the wider reduction in the number of people claiming a jobseeker payment at present.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.


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