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National Employment Action Plan not fit for purpose – Ó Snodaigh

13 May, 2011 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Responding to the report on the National Employment Action Plan today Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh said it confirms his view that the plan is not fit for purpose.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“I acknowledge the commitment in the Jobs Initiative to reinvigorate the National Employment Action Plan. That plan is badly in need of an update as it is no longer fit to activate people in any significant numbers. However effective activation measures are resource intensive and I fear the government are not making the necessary investment.

“It takes money and staff to conduct the requisite interviews and meetings with jobseekers, to properly map and match each and every job seekers skills and experience with the appropriate education, training and ultimately job opportunity.

“Last month this government made a commitment to the EU and IMF that it will reduce social expenditure year on year. In that context it is unlikely that even the very basics of activation will be provided for by government never mind the more extensive supports such as affordable childcare which are no less vital to enable the transition to work.” ENDS

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