Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (431)

Dessie Ellis


431. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason Ballymun, Dublin, was not chosen as an area in respect of the new after-school child care scheme; and if it will be included in future plans. [31542/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The after-school child care subsidised scheme commenced its first pilot phase on 29 April, 2013, with up to 500 places made available in seven designated Social Welfare local offices located in King’s Inn Street in Dublin city centre, Finglas, Cork city, Dominic Street in Limerick city, Dundalk, Mullingar, and Tralee.

This initial launch phase of the pilot scheme will allow my Department to review the effectiveness of the scheme criteria. This review will inform the scheme’s subsequent roll-out at the end of July, 2013, and its nationwide roll-out in September, 2013.

The local offices that will participate in the second pilot phase at the end of July are currently being decided and will be announced in due course.