Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2633)

Dara Calleary

Question:

2633. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the timeline for the review of the CSP; the steps involved in the review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33662/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

My Department recently commenced a review of the Community Services Programme (CSP). The review was considered necessary as the programme had not been formally reviewed since 2006.

The review will consider how the CSP fits with overall Government priorities, as well as with my Department’s other community programmes and policy objectives. It will also help inform decisions on the future shape and structure of the programme.

As an initial step, my Department consulted with key stakeholders and CSP supported organisations on the scope of the review late last year. An independent reviewer, Indecon Consultants, was subsequently appointed and commenced work on the review in March 2019.

Work to date has included extensive consultation with key stakeholders, including management and staff in CSP supported organisations. Work will continue on the review over the next two months, and I expect an initial draft report to be submitted for my consideration before the end of September.