Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (261)

Paschal Donohoe

Question:

264 Deputy Paschal Donohoe asked the Minister for Social Protection if the review of community employment schemes conducted a needs assessment or a financial assessment of projects involved in the scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34480/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

The CE Review was a financial review of the CE scheme with the following terms of reference.

To examine the income and funding of sponsoring organisations in terms of their ability to continue the programme with reduced funding from DSP.

To quantify the expenditure on training provided and the qualifications achieved by participants.

Alternative sources of support will be examined particularly with reference to funding from other state agencies to avoid duplication.

To establish if income is generated by scheme activity and the potential for utilisation of these funds to cover project costs.

The financial review has now been concluded and schemes are being advised of the material and training grants approved for them in respect of 2012.