Tom Hayes T.D. for Tipperary South has clarified the misinformation and scare mongering that is being put out by some sections in relation to the Community Employment Schemes.
He stated that: ‘Contrary to the many media and opposition reports that there are going to be job losses in relation the government’s proposals to the Community Employment Schemes, I would like to say to the many participants in schemes across the constituency and the country that your jobs are secure. CE schemes are an extremely valuable way of getting people into the workplace and are a worthwhile support for communities – and we have no intention of shutting them down’
‘CE schemes are a key part of the suite of options available to people who find themselves unemployed, and will continue to be a key part. The reduction of the Materials and Training Grants from €1,500 to €500 per participant will impact differently on schemes depending on the type of Sponsoring Organisation and the level and range of other funding and income available to the project’ continued Tom Hayes.
‘Over the last number of years we are well aware of the reports that have rocked FAS, these adjustments are a necessary reform. I have received assurances from the Minister for Social Protection that an opportunity will be given to the different community and voluntary sponsoring organisations that receive funding to put their case to the Department for any increase they might require in the grant.
We must realise that not all schemes are the same and allowances will be made for worthy cases’ stated Tom Hayes.