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Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 332.  Deputy Michael McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  if she will review a matter in respect of a person (details supplied). [16806/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton The Community Employment (CE) Programme is a labour market intervention designed to assist the long term unemployed return to the work force. Persons eligible to apply should be aged 25-65 years who are unemployed [837]for over 12 months and who are currently in receipt of one of the following payments from the Department of Social Protection:

Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB);

Jobseeker’s Assistance (JA);

One-Parent Family payment (OFP);

Widows/Widowers/Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension;

Widows/Widowers/Surviving Civil Partner’s (Non-Contributory) Pension;

Deserted Wife’s Benefit (DWB);

Farm Assist (FA).

To be eligible to participate on a community employment scheme, it is mandatory that all participants are currently in receipt of one of the above listed payments on their expected CE start date for a period of one year.

Furthermore, the following applies:

Persons availing of the Tús, Springboard or JobBridge programmes, or receiving Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) may not simultaneously participate on Community Employment (CE). Persons engaged on the Tús, Springboard or JobBridge programmes, or receiving Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) may not avail of spousal swap option for CE (to allow their spouse on CE) for the duration of their own programme. Time spent on Tús, Springboard, JobBridge or Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) will not count towards the qualifying period for eligibility to CE.

The person concerned was in receipt of Jobseeker’s Benefit from 6th February 2010 to 1st October 2010, a total of 33 weeks. To be eligible for CE, she would have to be currently in receipt of one of the payments listed above, for a total of 52 weeks. Time spent on the VTOS programme does not count as part of this qualifying period.


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