Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Ceisteanna (229)

Niamh Smyth

Ceist:

229. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the public consultations held by her Department in 2018 and to date in 2019; the date on which such consultations were held by county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50447/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The consultation process for the Automatic Enrolment Retirement Savings System comprised of written submissions, consultation seminars, an online survey and focus groups. Four regional consultation seminars were held in Dublin (2), Cork and Galway.

As part of the consultation phase of the development of Pathways to Work 2020 - 2024 , five regional consultation workshops took place, hosted in partnership with the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU). These workshops were held in Dublin, Sligo, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Louth.

Public consultations regarding the development of the new Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020 – 2025 took place as part of my Department’s annual Social Inclusion Forum, held in Dublin in 2018 and 2019.

Following on from the publication of the Make Work Pay for People with Disabilities Report, my Department undertook a national consultation process in relation to Recommendations 9 and 10 of the Report (early engagement and Disability Allowance reconfiguration). Regional venues for the consultations were used in Dublin, Sligo, Limerick and Cork.

Consultations by my Department, were written submissions were invited from the public, were also undertaken during 2018 in relation to the Official Languages Act 2003 - Irish Language Scheme 2018 - 2021, the review of the Gender Recognition Act 2015 (a statutory review provided for in Section 7 of the Act) and the Total Contributions Approach (TCA) Consultation.