Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (24)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

26 Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide an update on the financial review of community employment including a date for the publication of the report. [34953/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

The number of places available on CE has remained constant at 23,300 including supervisors. The estimated cost of CE programmes in 2012 is €340 million. The financial review of CE Schemes has now been completed. The Department has contacted schemes to advise them of their revised material and training allocations. The materials and training CE Budget has been increased by €9.5million from the original budget of approximately €11.0 million following transfer from savings identified elsewhere in the DSP budget. The new CE materials and training budget is thus €20.5 million

Under the revised arrangements, schemes will no longer be given universal amounts of financial support but will instead be provided with a specific level of support aimed at meeting the particular costs of CE schemes, having regard to the overall level of funding available for CE nationally. To date, significant savings have already been made to the overheads of CE projects in terms of annual insurance costs and audit fees.

In addition to the training allocation for schemes, CE participants may also access a number of Springboard, VEC and FÁS courses free of charge.

I plan to publish the report on the review in the coming month or so.

Question No. 27 answered with Question No. 23.