Written Answers. - Students' Summer Jobs Scheme.

Micheál Martin

Question:

190 Mr. Martin asked the Minister for Social Welfare if he will ensure that a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be eligible to participate in the student job summer scheme. [10772/96]

The students' summer jobs scheme provides income support for the less well-off third level students who are disqualified from claiming unemployment assistance and unable to obtain summer work.

One of the qualifying conditions for the scheme is that students must be 18 years of age or older on 1 June 1996 when the scheme commences. This relates to the fact that persons aged under 18 years are disqualified from claiming unemployment assistance. I am examining ways of facilitating participation in the scheme by students from the date they reach 18 years where this arises during the course of the scheme. I am having the eligibility of the person concerned examined in the light of the other qualifying conditions and I will communicate with the Deputy shortly.