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Summer stakeholder seminar on Community Employment

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, told Sean Fleming (FF,  Laois Offaly) and Aengus O Snodaigh (SF, Dublin SC) that this June or July she would convene a stakeholder seminar on Community Employment (CE) (Dail Eireann, Debates, 25th April 2012, 40-2).  This would follow completion of the two reviews currently under way on CE – one of them a review of labour activation schemes generally and the other a finance review of CE to achieve savings.  The financial review was now nearing completion, as was the review.


Sean Fleming expressed his disappointment, for the report was due at the end of March, but because of the work involved, it might not be completed for a couple of months and we could well be into the summer by then.    Aengus O Snodaigh accused her of using the report as cover for the bombshell that she dropped on CE with the cuts last December.  Now the report was weeks or months away and ‘perhaps it will never be produced’.  The cuts had already had a devastating effect on CE and he asked her was another review under way on the foot of promises make to the troika?  No, she said, the second review was the policy review of activation measures.  This was not just because of the troika but because we were spending €1bn and need to ensure service delivery, good experience and value for money: we needed ‘an honest discussion about the costs involved’. 

> Listing of Community Employment schemes: Dail Eireann, Debates, 18th April 2012, 900 (principally Dublin-based projects – ed).