The cuts to material and training grants for community employment schemes announced in December’s Budget have been partially reversed. The allocation for 2012 is almost double the amount announced in the Budget.
The funding of €20.5 million is €9.5 million higher than previously announced.
The partial reversal came after a review of the spending cut was completed by the department of Social Protection Minister Joan Burton.
Minister Kelly said ‘I very much welcome the decision made by Minister Joan Burton to allocate this extra funding to valuable CE schemes. I worked closely with her on this matter and she visited Tipperary to meet with a range of Tipperary CE schemes while a review of the schemes was ongoing. I certainly feel this helped to ensure funds were made available’.
“The grants given will be based on the individual needs of sponsors rather than the traditional grant model. Grants approved were based on discussions with scheme sponsors. Nationally, Over 1,100 schemes employ 22,000 long-term unemployed and disadvantaged people in local community jobs”, he said