Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Questions (374)

Clare Daly

Question:

374. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 531 of 21 March 2017, the commercial sensitivities preventing the publication of individual payments to the JobPath companies Turas Nua and Seetec; and his views on the appropriateness of channelling public moneys to these companies without public transparency as to the sums involved. [18021/17]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

JobPath is a payment by results model and all initial costs and the ongoing operational costs are borne by the companies.

Payments made to the service providers are only in respect of registration fees, for persons engaging with the service, and fees for sustained employment outcomes.

My Department does not publish the individual fees to providers because of commercial sensitivity. This commercial sensitivity is specifically in relation to the release of the information having the potential to influence the pricing of future contracts providing a similar service and thereby having the potential to confer commercial advantage on one bidder over another.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.