Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Rural and Community Development
Community Services Programme
The organisation that operates the service referred to in the Deputy's question is a social enterprise, currently supported under the Community Services Programme, or CSP. The Department currently provides CSP funding in excess of €1 million to the organisation in question, annually, supporting the cost of employing of 32 full-time equivalent (FTEs) positions in the organisation and the delivery of a number of transport services.
The organsation in question operates community based accessible transport services for individuals and groups. While this Department provides support to the organisation, through the CSP, it has no role in the internal operations of the organisation or in determining the specific services to be delivered by it. These are matters solely for the management and board of organisation concerned.
That said, I am advised that the service in question is a joint initiative between the organisation concerned and the HSE, who part fund the service. I understand that the HSE confirmed, on the 21stFebruary 2020, its intention to continue to support the joint initiative and the organisation concerned has commenced taking bookings for the service.