Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (362)

Michael Healy-Rae


376 Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Social Protection with regard to community employment schemes whether there is some way of reducing the insurance costs and also the cost of providing audited accounts on a yearly basis for community employment schemes. [35379/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

Department of Social Protection Staff have met with insurance providers to agree reduced rates for CE schemes. The Department is also benchmarking audit fees for CE schemes to ensure value for money. Significant savings in insurance costs and audit fees have already been achieved on CE projects.

It is anticipated that the overall potential savings in respect of insurance, audit fees and bank charges will be approximately €3m in a full year.