Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1476, 1477, 1478)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

1476. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of young persons under 26 years of age who commenced a Tús programme in each of the years 2015 to 2018, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19703/19]

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Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

1477. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the additional annual cost of a young person under 26 years of age on the €112.70 weekly jobseeker's allowance rate participating on the Tús programme for 12 months; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19704/19]

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Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

1478. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the additional annual cost of a young person under 26 years of age on the €157.80 weekly jobseeker's allowance rate participating on the Tús programme for 12 months; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19705/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1476 to 1478, inclusive, together.

Tús provides work placements for a twelve month period for those who are on the Live Register for a year or more.  The initiative helps break the cycle of long-term unemployment by providing a work routine and valuable work experience. It is recognised by Government that Tús is a positive initiative that enables the long-term unemployed to make a contribution to their communities whilst up-skilling themselves for prospective future employment.

Table 1 below gives a breakdown by year of participants under 26 years of age who commenced on the Tús scheme during the years 2015-2018.  An estimate of the additional annual cost of employing persons who are under 26 years of age on the Tús programme is outlined in Table 2. This costing is based on 52 weeks payment of the personal rate and does not include an increase for a qualified adult or an increase for a qualified child/ren or any other associated costs.

Table 1

Year

Participants who commenced Tús under 26 years of age

2015

1,586

2016

1,503

2017

1,115

2018

858

Table 2

Age

Weekly Jobseekers Allowance ( JA) personal   rate

Tús weekly personal rate of payment

Estimated full year additional personal rate cost between JA and Tús 

Aged 25 years

€157.80

€225.50

€3,520.40

Aged under 25 years

€112.70

€225.50

€5,865.60

I hope this clarifies the position for you.