Thursday, 5 December 2019

Ceisteanna (389)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

389. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of the development of the Pathways to Work Strategy 2020-2024; the timetable for the publication of the strategy; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50740/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The development of Pathways to Work 2020-2024, which represents the Government’s overall framework for activation and employment support policy, is currently under way by my Department. Following on from previous phases, Pathways to Work 2020-2024, seeks to continue the goal of ensuring that as many jobs as possible go to those on the Live Register, whilst also ensuring that better labour market outcomes are achievable for all groups in Ireland’s society and that our labour force is well positioned to respond to future economic challenges and developments.

The development of Pathways to Work 2020-2024 has involved an extensive consultation process. My Department has engaged with relevant stakeholder groups, frontline staff and Government Departments, and has conducted a series of regional consultation events, in order to inform its strategic direction.

An online public consultation process was also established, incorporating both a survey and open call for general submissions.

Pathways to Work 2020-2024 will therefore reflect the views and ideas gathered during this consultation process, along with input from across all Government Departments, and seeks to address the key issues and trends emerging from the various consultations strands.

Following the conclusion of this consultation process, Pathways to Work 2020-2024 is now currently being drafted, with publication expected in early 2020.