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Written Answers. - Voluntary Workers' Restrictions.

Wednesday, 28 February 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 462 No. 3

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 111. Mr. Sargent Information on Trevor Sargent Zoom on Trevor Sargent  asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton  if he will review restrictions on voluntary workers in community employment schemes who have not acquired 39 stamps and 39 credits in view of the fact that voluntary workers in the case of trained personnel in citizens information centres have been carrying on the work of the State but for no pay and under current rules this work goes unacknowledged by the community employment schemes. [4711/96]

Minister for Enterprise and Employment (Mr. R. Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton I presume the Deputy is referring to the conditions attaching to the community employment (CE) programme, whereby prospective participants must be in receipt of an unemployment compensation payment or lone parent's allowance or else be referred by the National Rehabilitation Board.

CE is primarily designed to prevent marginalisation among long-term unemployed people whose principle or only source of income is a social welfare payment and its eligibility criteria reflects this targeting. Recent changes [809] announced in the budget will further focus the programme on this target group. If any of the voluntary workers referred to by the Deputy satisfy the eligibility criteria for CE, they are of course welcome to participate on the programme.

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