JobPath ‘not fit for purpose’ – Kenny
Speaking in Leinster House today, Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, West Cavan and South Donegal, Martin Kenny congratulated his colleagues John Brady TD and Denise Mitchell TD for their JobPath report, which was launched today.
Deputy Kenny said:
“I have been told by constituents of their experience in JobPath and some of them have been treated disgracefully. My Sinn Féin colleagues drew up this report, JobPath Exposed, in response to the complaints they received from jobseekers who were very unhappy with what happened within the scheme.
“It is time that the government realised that job seeking and matching the unemployed with work opportunities is not meant to be a money-spinner for private companies, but a social protection function which needs intelligence, ingenuity and skill.
“JobPath has been a nightmare for some and it is clear that the private British company that runs it is interested not in people, but in the registration fee they get from the Department of Social Protection when they sign up jobseekers.
“JobPath’s methods of capturing jobseekers has worked to the detriment of others, such as Community Employment and the Local Employment Schemes, as witnessed by people who spoke to them for the report.
“The conclusion is clear; JobPath is not fit for purpose and should be abolished.
“We have no idea as to how much of taxpayers’ money is being handed over to these companies, who are paid up to four separate occasions per participant. Our numerous requests for these figures are denied due to ‘commercial sensitivity’.
“Finding jobs for people and preparing people for work is far too important to be left to this kind of set up.”