Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (399)

Eric J. Byrne


399. Deputy Eric Byrne asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will arrange to have the issue of a community employment supervisor being recruited by an organisation (details supplied) resolved; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22512/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

Liberties Recycling is funded as a Community Employment (CE) scheme. The contract for this project is for a total of 46 CE places, with 34 allocated to referred client places (drugs rehabilitation) and 12 allocated to support CE places. Currently there are a total of 35 places filled on the project consisting of 26 referred client places (drugs rehabilitation) and 9 support CE places.

One of the CE supervisors with the scheme has resigned. Before a replacement supervisory post can be advertised for recruitment, it is normal practice that the level of supervision is reviewed by Departmental officials, in order to confirm that the number of supervisory posts is in line with the required ratios of supervisors to participants, and the 9 point agreement for Special Drugs CE schemes. This review is ongoing at present, and the review and its outcomes will form part of further discussions with project representatives.

There will be no reduction in numbers of participants approved to participate on the scheme with the number of funded places remaining at 46.