Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Ceisteanna (207)

Pat Casey


207. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her views on the increases being charged to community employment schemes by insurance companies and the impact that this is having on already reduced materials budgets whereby the intention that this budget be used to support the work of the schemes is being absorbed by increases in insurance payments; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2145/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

My Department is aware that there had been an increase in insurance premiums for Community Employment (CE) schemes over recent years. The main reason cited for this is an increase in claims frequency by such schemes. In the first instance, my Department recommends that schemes seek alternative quotes to ensure they get value for money. Also, if CE schemes are not filling their contracted number of participants, it is recommended that they align their insurance requirement with actual participant numbers. Schemes are also asked to be especially mindful of their obligations under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.

The annual budget provided to CE schemes is based on a detailed appraisal of their actual annual expenditure levels in previous years and includes an amount to cover consumable services and materials, including insurance, necessary for the effective operation of the project.

If a scheme is experiencing particular difficulties with insurance costs, the Sponsor should contact their local DEASP Intreo Centre and the matter will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.