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Savage Community Employment Cuts will kill off Schemes in Laois/Offaly

16 December, 2011 - by Brian Stanley TD


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment, Community and Local Government, Brian Stanley TD, today condemned the government for their unwarranted attack on CE Schemes.

He said “The savage cut of 66% to the Material and Training Allowance will make many CE Schemes unviable. They depend on this money to pay for training, insurance, rent, equipment and tools, ESB and telephone bills.

“Training money is vital to enable participants to make the transition from unemployment to employment. The cut will remove this opportunity.

“The facts are that the CE Schemes are providing vital services in local communities such as Meals on Wheels, Child Care and After School Projects.

“I have raised this important issue twice in the past week in the Dáil and today I met with CE Supervisors who have expressed their legitimate concerns.

“While the Minister said she will review the cuts to the schemes I am demanding that no cuts take place pending the outcome of this review. I will continue to press for a reversal of these cuts.” ENDS

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