Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (367)

Patrick Nulty

Question:

367. Deputy Patrick Nulty asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons registered as unemployed at the Blanchardstown social welfare office, Dublin, in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and to date in 2013, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10096/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The following are figures in tabular form for the number of persons on the Live Register in Blanchardstown Social Welfare Local Office at the end of each of the last 6 years and the figures for 2013 to date. In line with the clarification provided to officials the figures relate to the end of the indicated month.

Year

Month

Register

2007

December

3,436

2008

December

6,128

2009

December

8,280

2010

December

8,801

2011

December

8,562

2012

December

8,272

2013

January

8,443

The full Intreo service will also be launched at Blanchardstown Local Office in the next couple of weeks and this will lead to provision of tailored responses amongst those signing on the Live Register. In addition there will continue to be provided a wide range of education and training opportunities available through my Department, the Department of Education and Skills and FÁS to enable jobseekers to strengthen their qualifications and skills base and to thus maximise their chances of meeting the requirements of the modern labour market and gaining employment.

My Department is, for example, working closely at present with training and education providers under the Momentum programme to match jobseekers in the Dublin 15 with the available courses. In this regard a special Information Day is being run at the Blanchardstown Centre on 28th February from 12.00 noon until 7.00pm. Officials from my Department and a range of training providers will be present on the day to advise, inform and recruit as many eligible jobseekers as possible onto an appropriate programme.