Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Questions (120)

Áine Collins

Question:

120. Deputy Áine Collins asked the Minister for Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 326 of 19 November 2013, the reason she classified a person's income as employment when it has been clearly shown that they are on a community employment scheme, which entitles them to jobseeker's allowance plus €20. [50982/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Community Employment (CE) participants are legally under contracts of employment with the CE Sponsoring organisation. CE Participants have all the same legal protections as any other person under a contract of employment (with the exception of they cannot be employed on contracts of indefinite duration). CE Participants pay PRSI and PAYE (where applicable). The wages they receive on CE are paid by the employer who in turn claims the cost of the wages from the Department every 4 weeks. If the Deputy has a query further to the answer already provided to PQ No. 326 referred to above, perhaps she would furnish the details to my office and I will have the matter reviewed.