Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Ceisteanna (225)

Michael P. Kitt

Ceist:

225. Deputy Michael P. Kitt asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons taken on in each local authority under the Gateway scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12219/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Social)

Gateway was introduced by the Department to deliver on the policy objectives set out in Pathways to Work and is designed to bridge the gap between unemployment and re-entering the workforce. Responsibility for delivery of this initiative rests with individual county and/or city councils. Gateway has a target to provide for 3,000 placements focusing on those who have been unemployed for 24 months or more.

Progress on the roll-out has been slower than anticipated with delays, in the main, related to the ongoing staff restructuring processes of county and city councils, the ongoing engagement with stakeholders, particularly Trade Unions, and operational matters relating to securing resources, identifying work and supervisory cover, as well as Garda vetting. As of Friday, 7 March, 69 participants were work on Gateway across four local authority areas. The following table details the allocation of the 3,000 places and the breakdown of the numbers filled to date.

Allocation and places filled on Gateway

Local Authority

LA Target based on LA bands

Places Filled (week ending 7 March 2014)

Carlow County Council

55

-

Cavan County Council

55

-

Clare County Council

80

-

Cork City Council

110

-

Cork County Council

215

-

Donegal County Council

80

-

Fingal County Council

215

10

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

110

-

Dublin City Council

295

-

Galway City Council

55

-

Galway County Council

80

-

Kerry County Council

80

-

Kildare County Council

110

-

Kilkenny County Council

80

-

Laois County Council

55

-

Leitrim County Council

55

-

Limerick Local Authorities

110

46

Longford County Council

55

-

Louth County Council

80

9

Mayo County Council

80

-

Meath County Council

110

-

Monaghan County Council

55

-

Offaly County Council

55

-

Roscommon County Council

55

-

Sligo County Council

55

-

South Dublin County Council

215

-

Tipperary Local Authorities

80

10

Waterford Local Authorities

80

-

Westmeath County Council

80

-

Wexford County Council

80

-

Wicklow County Council

80

-

Total

3000

69

Question No. 226 withdrawn.