Wednesday, 25 February 2004

Ceisteanna (57)

Jan O'Sullivan

Ceist:

143 Ms O’Sullivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the reason community employment participants did not receive a rise in income in January 2004 while jobs directive participants, social welfare recipients and workers all qualified for increases; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6202/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Enterprise)

An increase in grant aid for community employment participants was sanctioned with effect from 1 January 2004. The rate payable to community employment participants without dependants increased from €149.20 to €159.20 and the rate for participants with an adult dependant increased from €232 to €248.60. The new rates are in line with the increases provided for in the budget for social welfare recipients.