Written answers

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Community Employment Schemes

Photo of Thomas GouldThomas Gould (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein)
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647. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will make contact with a centre (details supplied) whose maintenance worker is due to conclude their community employment scheme in coming months and are eager to retain this particular worker but do not have funding and assist them in sourcing funding to retain this person.; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21473/21]

Photo of Joe O'BrienJoe O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Green Party)
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I can confirm that officials from the Department of Social Protection are in contact with the local Community Employment Scheme.

While the current participant referred to by the Deputy is due to conclude his Community Employment,  the post of maintenance work will continue to be funded and the Scheme can recruit a new participant to fill the role once it is vacant, this process is currently underway.

While the Department of Social Protection funds Community Employment, the Scheme will need to contact other relevant Departments and public bodies in relation to the potential for other sources of funding.

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