CE Supervisors to bring anti-cuts campaign to the Dáil
Sinn Féin Social Protection spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD and spokesperson on Environment, Community & Local Government Brian Stanley TD will today welcome a delegation of IMPACT CE Supervisors to the Dáil to make a presentation to members of the Oireachtas.
Speaking in advance of the briefing today Deputy Ó Snodaigh;
“Today's briefing is an opportunity for government TDs in particular to hear, first hand, of the detrimental effect that the uncertainty around funding is having on Community Employment Schemes.
“The CE Supervisors will be outlining the detrimental effect that the Budget cuts have been having on CE participants and on the wider community that they serve.
“In particular I think that TDs will be left in no doubt of the devastating impact on community childcare that cuts to lone parent social welfare payments have had. And, as we know, childcare is the single biggest cost of taking up work. So the implications of these cuts are far reaching.
“Today is also an opportunity for the CE Supervisors to outline the real impact of the cuts on the limited training that is now available to CE participants. The decision of the government to cut the training budgets and the threatened decision to limit participation to one year all undermine the potential for participants to progress into the labour market.”
Speaking this morning Deputy Stanley said;
“The Dáil visit by CE Supervisors is part of Sinn Féin’s campaign to highlight the negative effects government cuts are having on CE Schemes. We want to impress on all TDs that these schemes provide essential services to the public and provide education and retraining to long term unemployed and those in recovery from drug addiction.
“Since last December schemes have faced an uncertain future. The budget cuts to training and education grants announced last year have had a very negative effect on project workers and the communities they serve.
“Following a major public outcry, Minister Burton promised a review of the cuts. It is now seven months since the review commenced. Schemes have been left in limbo, many facing imminent closure if the government cuts are not immediately reversed.
“This government must immediately reverse the cuts and restore budgets to 2011 levels.”