asked the Minister for Labour if as a matter of urgency he will amend the conditions of participation in the enterprise allowance scheme, in particular, the clause which states that a person continues to sign on the live register until accepted in the scheme.
Written Answers. - Enterprise Allowance Scheme.
The enterprise allowance scheme was designed as an incentive for the unemployed to establish new business. The scheme is also intended to be, to a larger extent, self financing. The scheme would not meet these objectives if the present conditions were not complied with.
Applications to participate in the enterprise allowance scheme require careful examination by the National Manpower Service to assess the eligibility of applicants including the viability of proposed enterprises with reference to the applicant's skills. Control of induction into the scheme, offsetting Exchequer saving and budgetary control would be at risk if persons were at liberty to sign off the live register and proceed independently with their enterprises without regard to the placement officer's views and decision in each case.