Implementation of Youth Guarantee Scheme must be reviewed – Reilly
Speaking today during the Seanad PMB debate on equality of access to educational and other opportunities for persons with disabilities, Sinn Fein Senator and Youth Affairs Spokesperson Kathryn Reilly called on the government to review the implementation of the Youth Guarantee saying young people on disability allowance are not provided for with equal education or training opportunities as those on jobseekers payments.
“The Youth Guarantee Scheme conceived at European level was meant to address the various needs of all young people across Europe.
“However, when this Government began a national implementation plan for young people between 18 and 24 who were in receipt of Jobseekers payments, it excluded certain sections of society: those with disabilities.
“Young people on disability allowance are not provided for with equal education or training opportunities as those on Jobseekers within the plan. This is clear discrimination. They are being neglected by this government through the exclusion of equal opportunities. The inherent danger here is, if you exclude certain groups now, you run the risk of excluding them in the system long term.
“I'm calling on the Government to review the implementation of the Youth Guarantee as a matter of urgency and make it more inclusive for those who are already being left behind.
“I'm also calling on the Government to ensure equality of access to educational and other supports for persons with disabilities within the provision of State services. And that these supports be based upon individual needs, so that all persons may fulfil their educational potential within this state and are granted the right to equal opportunities.”