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Brady, John

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Labour Activation Projects

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if his attention has been drawn to ongoing issues in the JobPath scheme; when the next review will be conducted; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Is the Minister aware of ongoing issues in the JobPath scheme and when does he intend to carry out a full review of the scheme from its introduction?More Button

The emergence of JobPath signalled a drive towards a privatisation agenda within the Department for job activation schemes. Since 2011, penalties have been increasing year on year for those who do...More Button

Those engaged with JobPath cannot transfer to another scheme if they are offered a place, incur travel costs that are not reimbursed and are obliged to travel for up to 60 minutes to whatever job...More Button

The priority for Turas Nua and Seetec is to make money. That is the bottom line. They do not care in what job they place a person; their objective is profit. Is it now a policy objective of th...More Button

The only review that has been carried out so far was useless. The review relates to the first three months of the operation of JobPath, from July to September 2015. This review was not published ...More Button

I am sure other Deputies have similar experiences of constituents coming through their doors outlining many concerns. That report is not a true reflection of the scheme and the jobs in which the...More Button

Labour Activation Projects (Continued)

Will the Minister release the figures?More Button

We are informed that they are commercially sensitive.More Button

Will the Minister commit to releasing the figures?More Button

State Pension (Contributory) Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: his plans to end inequalities in the State pension payment for women as a result of the 2012 changes and the calculation of contributions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

What plans does the Minister have to end the ongoing discrimination imposed on women in their State pension payments as a direct result of changes made by his party in 2012? What will he do to mak...More Button

State Pension (Contributory) Eligibility (Continued)

To date, 36,000 older people are in receipt of a lower State pension payment than would have been the case prior to the band changes as a direct result of the changes introduced by the Government, ...More Button

The Minister constantly points to the homemaker's scheme as some sort of saviour for women in ensuring they are not discriminated against for taking a caring role at home. The homemaker's scheme...More Button

The Minister does constantly. He mentioned it previously.More Button

The Minister should do his job and answer the question.More Button

The Minister might start implementing stuff here as opposed to it being imposed on him.More Button

I will not take lectures from the Minister as to who writes my speeches or dictates my policy. My party members dictate my party's policies. I question where the Minister gets his right-wing poli...More Button

So it is a good outcome for the 36,000 older people.More Button

Jobseeker's Allowance Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the reason for the delay in the report on the impact of reduced jobseeker's payments for those aged under 26; his plans to end this discrimination; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

We are aware of the ongoing discrimination against our young people aged under 26 who are unemployed. This has been borne out by evidence, through constituents, by people coming forward and by a n...More Button

I urge the Minister to look at it in the next budget. It is certainly having a huge impact on our young unemployed. We know the figures. Young people are twice as likely to be unemployed as olde...More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if he will end the current situation in which child maintenance is included as a source of income in the calculation of rent supplement for lone parents; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Pension Provisions

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the assurances he can give to persons living here receiving a pension payment from the UK as a result of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Rural Social Scheme

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: his plans for the future of the rural social scheme and community employment; the impact these changes will have on current participants; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Citizen Information Services

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if he will issue a policy directive to the Citizens Information Board to ensure that the MABS and Citizens Information Services are retained as they are to avoid any restructuring;; and if he will ...More Button

Community Employment Schemes Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if a person can receive an extension to their community employment scheme if they are over 62 years of age; if this extension can be up until pension age; when this measure as part of community emp...More Button

Data Protection

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: his views on communications between an elected representative and Turas Nua regarding a person engaged with Turas Nua with the person's consent; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Social Welfare Benefits

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: his plans to reinstate a diet supplement payment; the way in which persons, particularly those in receipt of social welfare payments, are to manage these payments without the diet supplement paymen...More Button

Community Employment Schemes Operation

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: his plans to phase out crèche and play school service provision by community employment schemes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: his plans to provide additional resourcing for QQI level six training for community employment participants; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: his plans for a two-stream approach to community employment; the changes that are planned in this regard; the responsibilities this will place on schemes; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Community Employment Schemes Administration

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if he will consider increasing the additional supplement provided to community employment participants in view of increased transport costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

JobPath Implementation

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if it is his Department's policy objective to place jobseekers in JobPath in preference over community employment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the amount the JobPath programme has cost to date, including the entire tendering process, the use of economic research specialists and legal costs; the amount the programme will cost the taxpayer ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the rationale for the basic requirement to be considered eligible to bid for JobPath that a company had a minimum turnover of €20 million per year, which excluded many local companies and voluntary...More Button

Labour Activation Programmes

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the precise criteria required for a person to transfer from JobPath to community employment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Local Employment Service

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if it is his Department's policy to replace local employment service mediators; if so, his plans to replace them; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Fire Service Staff

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs: the reason members of the fire services were not awarded with 1916 commemorative medals along with other front-line emergency services in 2016; if she will review this and present members of the fi...More Button

Occupational Therapy

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of persons on waiting lists to see an occupational therapist in health centres in County Wicklow, including Baltinglass and Blessington; the average waiting time in each of the health ce...More Button