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Fewer people in CE schemes than last year: Ó Snodaigh

13 November, 2012 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Speaking in the Dáil today, Sinn Féin spokesperson on social protection, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, said:

“Despite the rising unemployment and long-term unemployment in particular and despite a glowing report on the efficiency and effectiveness of CE published last month by the department – there are currently 712 fewer people participating in the CE scheme than this time last year. That’s a drop of three per cent.
“The fall in participation has not been evenly spread. The Minister [Joan Burton TD] provided me with figures in a written response to my parliamentary question last week which clearly demonstrate that the cuts she has made to CE have disproportionately targeted people with disabilities and lone parents.
“These are two groups exceptionally prone to poverty and exclusion for whom CE is being closed off as an option because the Minister has made it unaffordable for these groups to participate.
“While participation on CE overall has fallen by 3% since this time last year. The number of CE participants in receipt of Disability Allowance has fallen by 24%. And the number of CE participants in receipt of One Parent Family Payment has fallen by 32%.
Dublin has also been disproportionately hit by the cut in participation rates. There are five per cent fewer participants in Dublin than one year ago.”


Question No: 185 Ref No: 49111-12

To the Minister for Social Protection

To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of participants on community employment programmes on 1 October 2012 and 1 October 2011, nationally and specifically in counties Dublin and Cork; the number of participants in receipt of disability allowance and also the number of community employment participants on one parent family payment on the above dates nationally and in counties Dublin and Cork.

- Aengus Ó Snodaigh.


* For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 8th November, 2012.


R E P L Y


Minister for Social Protection (Joan Burton T.D):

Statistics for Community Employment are compiled at the end of each month.

At the end of September 2012 there were 22,636 (participants and Supervisors) engaged on Community Employment (CE); at the end of September 2011 there were 23,348 (participants and Supervisors) engaged on CE.

Specifically in the Dublin counties at the end of September 2012 there were 5,822 (participants and Supervisors) engaged on CE, the corresponding number for the end of September 2011 is 6,135. In County Cork at the end of September 2012 there were 2,106 (participants and Supervisors) engaged on CE, the corresponding number for the end of September 2011 is 2,115.

The number of CE participants in receipt of Disability Allowance at the end of September 2012 was 1,416; the corresponding number at the end of September 2011 is 1,865. The number of CE participants in receipt of the One Parent Family Payment at the end of September 2012 was 3,060; the corresponding number at the end of September 2011 is 4,508.

Specifically in the Dublin counties at the end of September 2012 there were 620 CE participants in receipt of Disability Allowance; the corresponding number at the end of September 2011 is 775. In County Cork at the end of September 2012 there were 179 CE participants in receipt of Disability Allowance; the corresponding number at the end of September 2011 is 206.

In the Dublin counties at the end of September 2012 there were 1,306 CE participants in receipt of the One Parent Family Payment; the corresponding number at the end of September 2011 is 1,834. In County Cork at the end of September 2012 there were 217 CE participants in receipt of the One Parent Family Parent; the corresponding number at the end of September 2011 is 346.

The statistics are detailed in Summary Table below.

Summary Table : Participation on CE
September 2012 September 2011
Participation National 22,636 23,348
Dublin Counties 5,822 6,135
County Cork 2,106 2,115
Disability Allowance (DA) National 1,416 1,865
Dublin Counties 620 775
County Cork 179 206
One Parent Family Payment (OFP) National 3,060 4,508
Dublin Counties 1,306 1,834
County Cork 217 346

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