Thursday, 9 September 2021

Questions (695)

Michael Healy-Rae


695. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will address a matter regarding the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42291/21]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

All persons in receipt of a Jobseeker’s payment are required to be seeking full time work and are also required to engage with the Department’s activation service. This obligation applies irrespective of whether the service is provided by the Department’s own case officers or those employed by the Local Employment Service or by JobPath companies.

Customers referred to JobPath who are also working part-time will have all activities, including meetings with their personal advisor, scheduled around their work commitments and can continue to remain in their current employment. The JobPath contractors are required to be flexible in the provision of the service in this respect. Their focus will be on exploring opportunities to increase the level of employment in their client’s current role, or looking at possibilities in other areas, including training, which may provide a more sustainable income and a move away from jobseeker payments.

Question No. 696 answered with Question No. 694.